Oct. 30, 2011
PHOENIX - Former Cougar baseball players Travis Webb and Paul Gran are playing ball in the desert this fall in an effort to help reach their dream of making it to MLB.
The baseball alumni duo is participating in the 2011 Arizona Fall League. The league has produced a plethora of Major League talent with each of the six teams assigned players from five-different MLB organizations. In the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, 41 players were alumni of the Arizona Fall League.
Webb, a left-handed pitcher, is a member of the Phoenix Desert Dogs, which is assigned minor league players from the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Oakland A's, and Toronto Blue Jays.
A native of Spokane, Wash., who was selected by the Reds in the eighth round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Reds, Webb made 36 appearances at AA Carolina in 2011 and one relief outing for AAA Louisville. He posted a 4.35 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings.
After throwing a bullpen session last Saturday, Webb took the time to speak with wsucougars.com.
A seventh round selection in 2008 by the Florida (now Miami) Marlins, Gran spent the 2011 season at AA Jacksonville where he batted .260 and logged 33 extra-base hits in 95 games.
A native of Kirkland, Gran is a taxi squad member (eligible to play two days a week) for the Surprise Saguaros. The Saguaros are assigned players from the Atlanta Braves, Marlins, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers.
He blasted a grand slam, his first home run in the AFL, Saturday. It was the same day he spoke with wsucougars.com.