Former UK Baseball player Jerad Grundy spoke with Wildcat Blue Nation on Friday prior to a series between the Vermont Lake Monsters and Lowell Spinners.
Daniel Solzman: Jerad, thanks for joining Wildcat Blue Nation today. How are things treating you in Burlington, Vermont?
Jerad Grundy: So far so good. We started out on the road in Albany, New York for three games. We just got settled in Vermont (Thursday) morning and played our first home game that night.
Daniel Solzman: When did you know that the Oakland Athletics were interested in drafting you?
Jerad Grundy: To be honest, I didn’t really have that much contact with them prior to the draft. On the second day of the draft, I’m obviously there with my family and I got a call. They said, “We’re gonna take you in the 10th round.” So we just sat there and watched it that day.
Daniel Solzman: You were assigned to the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League. How does the Burlington area differ than that of Lexington?
Jerad Grundy: It’s definitely got that northeast feel and it’s not quite as big as Lexington. So far, the little time that I’ve been here, people have been helpful.
Daniel Solzman: Vermont and Lowell are playing each other this weekend. Are you making any plans to hang out with Corey (Littrell) after any of the games?
note that the interview took place this past Friday, prior to the Vermont-Lowell series.
Jerad Grundy: I’m sure I’ll spend a little time with him. We’ve always been pretty good friends. We’ve been at Kentucky and on the Cape last summer, too.
Daniel Solzman: How has UK Baseball coach Gary Henderson prepared you for the next level?
Jerad Grundy: He has prepared me greatly. He helped me out a lot with the physical side pitching. It got my pitches better the last two years but even the mental side by having a plan and stuff like that has helped out my game a lot getting ready for pro ball.
Daniel Solzman: Your professional debut wasn’t pretty but how did it feel to throw your first professional strikeout?
Jerad Grundy: It felt good. It felt good to get out there and be a professional baseball player and play for an organization that has a lot of success.
Daniel Solzman: Who was your favorite player growing up?
Jerad Grundy: My favorite player growing up was probably Alex Rodriguez.
Daniel Solzman: Thanks again for joining Wildcat Blue Nation. Any final words for Big Blue Nation?
Jerad Grundy: No, I’ve got nothing. Thank you.