Former Eagles second baseman Eric Grabe was drafted by the Chicago White Sox earlier this month, becoming the second Polk State product to sign with a Major League Baseball team this season.
The White Sox picked up Grabe on June 6 in the 24th round of the MLB draft, following right-handed pitcher Alec Asher's fourth-round selection by the Texas Rangers.
Grabe recently completed his senior year at the University of Tampa, a NCAA Division II powerhouse. While at UT, Grabe played as a second baseman, while also making contributions as a third baseman and shortstop. He compiled solid numbers during his two years for the Spartans, hitting .351 with eight home runs, 28 doubles, 71 RBIs and 77 runs. As a senior, he was named a second-team All-Sunshine State Conference selection.
Grabe is currently training in the Chicago White Sox mini camp, playing with the Bristol (Va.) White Sox in hopes of moving on to the organization's Rookie League team in Arizona.
While at Polk in 2010, he started 41 games, hitting .458 with nine home runs, nine triples, 11 doubles, 69 RBIs and 99 hits over 216 at-bats. Grabe was named the team's Most Valuable Player, Suncoast All-Conference Team as an infielder, Suncoast All-Conference Team as a pitcher, All-State Team as an infielder, and was an All-American honorable mention.