The waiting is finally over, Zack Granite has gotten the call to the big leagues. After winning the MVP award for the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2016, the speedy outfielder has had a career year in the Minnesota Twins Triple-A affiliation in 2017. He was hitting .360 with 40 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in just 59 games this season.
Zack Granite is from Staten Island, New York, where he attended Tottenville High School. Granite was a three-year varsity player at Tottenville, hitting .424 in his career. Granite also went 5-0 as a pitcher during his career. In 2010, he led his team to a PSAL City Championship victory. During that playoff run, Zack hit .583 and pitched a phenomenal semifinal game giving his team a chance to win a ring.
His call to the show makes him the second Tottenville player to make it, with All-Star pitching Jason Marquis being the other. He also played his summer baseball with Richmond County Baseball Club.
I got a chance to sit down with his summer ball coach Nick Defendis to talk about Zack. “He’s a dynamic player who plays the game it’s supposed to be played. His speed is his best tool, I’ll take 9 of him everyday. Zack’s a good kid from a great family and he was a pleasure to coach.” Zack Granite was recruited to Seton Hall University. At Seton Hall he slashed a career .299 batting average. This led him to get drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 14th round of the 2013 draft.
Don’t let his stardom fool you, Zack Granite is a hometown guy. Zack being from such a small town like Staten Island, he is very well known. He is what you call a “True-Blue” Richmond County member. During the offseason, Zack spends his time helping out younger kids on the island by instructing hitting and fielding lessons at Johnny D’s Five Tool Baseball Academy. As well as giving back during the winter, he goes back to school. He works on getting his degree at Seton Hall University where he left after his junior year to pursue his major league career.
Zack Granite is a stand-up guy. He’s known to be a hard worker who will not stop fighting to play professional baseball. Zack being one of the few to make it from Staten Island, gives you all the more reason to pull for him and hope he does well. He teaches kids that heart is more important than height. Granite’s road to the show has been wonderful. Hopefully he gives the Minnesota Twins the boost they need and leads them to a run in October.