Braves’ Prospect Vaughn Grissom Has Stellar Debut
The Atlanta Braves know how to develop talent, there’s no secret about that. But a call-up having such a good debut is very rare and could be indicative of what is to come for a promising prospect.
For the Braves, they hope Vaughn Grissom will be that promising star. In his debut, Grissom hit a homer to the delight of Braves fans and himself. A call-up from Double-A, Grissom hit a dinger into the upper deck in the seventh inning for his first MLB hit ever.
“I didn’t feel a thing. I didn’t feel one thing,” Grissom said. “Literally, I hit it and blacked out until I saw my first-base coach and just started laughing. I’m super shocked. What a moment. I didn’t know what else to think but, ‘Wow,'” Grissom said.
The Braves No. 1 ranked prospect Vaughn Grissom homered and stole a base tonight in his MLB Debut.
At 21 years and 217 days old, he became the youngest player to hit a HR and steal a base in his MLB debut in the Modern Era (since 1900). pic.twitter.com/bMV5K6b74M
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 11, 2022
Grissom also hit a single in the ninth, stole second base and scored another run in Atlanta’s win over the Red Sox.
He had been batting .324 with 14 homers, 67 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in Class A and Double-A baseball.
Starting at second base for the Braves, Grissom had his family and friends in the stands to watch his stellar performance. “I can’t even put it into words,” Grissom said. “We’ve all really got me here to this point. So for them to be here, to watch it, it was one of the best things in my life.”
Vaughn Grissom is on a 162-game pace to hit 162 home runs and steal 162 bases. pic.twitter.com/b1AXlUYG7e
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) August 11, 2022
To manager Brian Snikter, this is all-natural for the young star.
“He just seemed like a kid on the playground, pretty much just having a ball,” Snitker said. “It’s genuine. That guy just really likes to play baseball.”