Grant South, a 14-year- old catcher and pitcher from Woodinville, has been named to the final roster of baseball players representing the United States in next month’s Goodwill Series in Adelaide, Australia.
The tournament, which will run from December 19-31, is designed to help players prepare for future careers as baseball players, either at the collegiate or professional levels, grooming them to stay in top physical and mental condition for daily competition.
The U. S. team will compete against the State Team Australia baseball players, noted as being some of the best players in the country, including professional and Olympic-level players.
South was one of 15 players selected from across America by pro scouts and was the only one tabbed from the state of Washington.
"I am really excited because my dream is to play in major league baseball and I think this will take me one step closer," South said. "I also think it’s cool that it’s in Australia, because my dad grew up there for a couple years. So it will be cool to see where he once lived."
As a freshman from The Bear Creek School in Redmond, South currently plays for the 16U Kirkland Merchants Select Baseball team and is set to play on the Growls, a combined Bear Creek School/Overlake School team this spring.
Rijo Athletics in Woodinville has clocked his fastball at 84 M.P.H, and South has developed a good curveball to keep hitters off-balanced.
The Woodinville youngster has been involved in baseball from an early age, and he names Robinson Cano as his favorite major league player.
South also cited one other added benefit to the trip.
"It’s summertime down there right now," he said. "So it will be nice to get into some warm weather."