On Friday, June 6th, Casey Soltis became the 6th Granada Matador to have been drafted straight out of high school. At 11:36am, the Miami Marlins drafted him in the 5th round, 137th overall.
Soltis was not only the 6th player from GHS drafted straight out of high school and second drafted by the Marlins, but he was drafted in the highest round. In 2013, Granada outfielder Ryan Kirby was drafted by the Giants in the 40th round, but Kirby chose to honor his scholarship to play college ball at the University of San Diego.
Two Matadors were drafted straight out of high school in 2002, in Paul Keck and Kyle Dickson. Keck was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 19th round and Dickson was drafted by the Marlins in the 34th round. Most notably, Mark Davis was drafted by the New York Mets in the 22nd round of the 1978 draft. He chose to attend Chabot College instead and was subsequently drafted in the 1st round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1979. Davis went on to win the NL Cy Young Award in 1989.
Going into the 2014 season, there was much anticipation and speculation around Granada outfielder Casey Soltis. Soltis, starting his 3rd year on the Matadors’ Varsity squad entered the season being a highly touted prospect for the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft.
Soltis had an incredible summer season, being one of the top performers in the Area Code Games while on the Oakland A’s. Soltis earned the Offensive Player of the Day award in early August and he entered the 2014 season as one of the top all-around high school players in Northern California.
Before the 2014 season got underway, Soltis was one of seven Granada High School athletes that signed a letter of intent on the NCAA's early signing date of Wednesday, November 13th. He signed his letter of intent to play in the outfield in the PAC 12 conference with the Oregon Ducks.
After the Mats were eliminated from the NCS Playoffs in late May, Soltis turned his attention to getting ready for the draft. Casey was projected to go early on the second day, which featured rounds 3-10, and it wasn’t long before he was drafted. At 11:36am, he got the official word that he was the second pick of the 5th round and had been drafted by the Miami Marlins. “It was a bit of a shock for a second because no one had called, but after a bit you could say I was pretty pumped” he explained.
When asked about Soltis, head coach Corrigan Willis said, "What a great day for Casey. All of Granada celebrated today for him. He's a special talent." Everyone at Granada is incredibly proud of all that Casey has accomplished and looks forward to cheering him on whether he decides to sign with the Marlins or play baseball at the University of Oregon.
Nicholas Baddersis a writer for Granada baseball. The background for the photo of Casey was provided by hdwallpapers.com.
The Independent, May 15, 2014 - Livermore Toyota has partnered with Granada Little League (GLL) to help support little league baseball for our youth. On May 3, Livermore Toyota presented GLL a check for $10,000 to help improve and maintain the GLL baseball fields and surrounding areas. This partnership will continue for three years, and will provide $30,000 in total to the GLL program. Heath Rickoff, the Business Development Manager for Livermore Toyota, stated, "We are extremely proud to support Granada Little League as a community partner in Livermore. The Sullivan Auto Group has a long history of charity contributions and community service and this gift continues that tradition. Being a large business in this city is not just about profit and loss, but being a part of the place we do business and supportive of all of the residents who have welcomed us here and offered us their amazing support. We look forward to a long partnership with Granada Little League to keep the Little League World Series here in Livermore and help be an active supporter of this great community.” The GLL Board members noted, “The generosity of Livermore Toyota will provide the youth, their families, and friends and opportunity to establish long lasting memories of their children playing baseball at a quality venue. Their involvement with GLL will allow us to continue in providing a special location where players and fans can truly enjoy a special time in our busy lives.”
"I wish there was an easy way to get to the GLL information that I need, like game schedules,
from someplace handy... like right on my smart phone or tablet!"
That's a great idea! It just so happens that GLL now has an app for that.
Just download the League Hub app and begin using it to stay on top of GLL happenings You can also make your common purchases at places like Target, Amazon, Best Buy, and over 400 others. It costs you nothing. It's convenient and the easiest fundraiser ever... and it sure solves that lingering thing you have been thinking about!
This app was designed to provide easy access to the league information you use most often. You can view the master game schedule, contact a board member, see our valuable sponsors, and even jump directly to our 'Friends of GLL' FB page! Consider this app your mobile portal to everything GLL!
You get easy access to the GLL information that you need, and recieve valuable coupons and special offers from local companies!
GLL will receive 50¢ per MONTH for every download! So let's see... Roughly 600 players, plus their families. Let's assume (conservatively) 3 time-sucking gizmos per family. That would be... carry the 1... $900 to GLL EVERY MONTH - automatically - if everyone just downloaded the app! Download it onto every iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android device you have... and have everyone you know do it too! They don't have to live in, or have a player in, our league to take advantage of special offers AND raise money for GLL!
PLUS... When you make a purchase using the app, GLL will receive up to 5% of the amount of your on-line purchases! There are over 400 vendors available, including Amazon, Office Max, and Best Buy! IF you are going to buy on line... use this app!
The app currently supports all Apple and Andriod mobile devices. You can click here, or scan the QR code, or find it in your app store. Look for the League Hub badge below. Once you have downloaded it, enter our league code: D57GLL. Then buy stuff.