Oct. 7, 2011
PHOENIX - Former Washington State University baseball players Travis Webb and Paul Gran are participating in the 2011 Arizona Fall League.
The league is traditionally a haven for 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. He is scheduled to make is AFL debut tonight.
"It's a real honor," Webb said. "I put in a lot of work to get here and I'm really excited to see what I can do against some of the best hitters in the minors."
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.
"This is a great opportunity to compete against every team's prospects," Gran said. "I can develop a little more and work on my versatility as an infielder."