Think about the impact Braves vice president of scouting Dana Brown made when he took Shea Langeliers (first round), Michael Harris II (third round) and Grissom during the 2019 Draft.
Langeliers netted Matt Olson in a March trade with the A’s. As for Harris and Grissom, well, they’re the 21-year-old duo the Mets and every other team would like to have.
Grissom committed to Florida International University, but really wasn’t interested in playing college ball. The Braves allowed him to avoid the scholastic route when they selected him and gave him a $345,700 signing bonus.
With COVID-19 erasing the 2020 season, it wasn’t clear what the Braves had in Grissom until he hit .356 with a .995 OPS over his final 49 games in the 2021 season. Just 12 of those games were played after he was promoted from Single-A Augusta to High-A Rome, so he started this season still at the High-A level.
Grissom’s meteoric rise has been quite impressive. Through his first 16 games, he has hit .382 with a 1.024 OPS. He has also shown the poise and baseball IQ you don’t expect to see from a player with that little experience above the high school ranks.
Safe to say, Grissom is not the only person thankful he wasn’t drafted by the Mets.