|| Grant Escue
General: A natural hitter An excellent designated hitter candidate who can also play first base and be used as a lefthanded bat off the bench Hits the ball well to all fields.
Cardinal Career: Final Career Stats
As A Sophomore In 2007:
2007 Individual Game Notes: Game-By-Game Stats
As A Freshman In 2006: Had the team's highest batting average (.422, 19-45) with a double and eight RBI in limited action, playing in 15 games with 10 starts Hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games with a pair of career-high-tying five-game hit streaks (May 12-21 - .474, 9-19, 2 RBI; May 27 - June 10 - .421, 8-19, 3 RBI) during the run Had five multiple-hit games including two with three hits, as well as a pair of multiple-RBI contests Did not have a defensive chance Also had the club's best batting average (.474, 9-19) and two RBI in limited Pac-10 action, starting and playing in five games.
2006 Individual Game Notes: Game-By-Game Stats
6/2 vs. North Carolina State (NCAA Regional) - 2-5, RBI 5/27 at UC Davis - 3-4, 2 RBI ... career-high-tying hits ... career-high-tying RBI 5/21 at UCLA - 2-3 ... third straight multiple-hit game ... extended career-high-tying hit streak to five games 5/19 at UCLA - 2-4 5/14 at Washington - 3-5, RBI ... career-high-tying hits ... first career multiple-hit contest ... extended career-high-tying hit streak to five games 5/9 at Santa Clara - 2B, 2 RBI ... career-high-tying RBI ... only extra base hit of season with a clutch 12th inning two-RBI pinch-hit double that gave Stanford a 4-2 lead in a game the Cardinal eventually won 8-4 in 15 frames 3/11 at USC - Collegiate debut ... first career hit and RBI with ninth inning pinch-hit single
High School: A 2005 graduate of Washington Community High School A three-time selection to the All-Mid-Illini Conference and All-Central Illinois Area teams (2003-05) Named one of the Top 10 Corner Infielders in Illinois by the Truth In Prep Baseball Report in 2005 Chosen the 2004 Washington Times Reporter Player of the Year Twice named to the Peoria Journal Star All-Star squad (2003, '04) Was selected to play in the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association All-State Game following his senior season Served as his school's team captain and was named his squad's Most Valuable Player in 2005 Won the Brian Gangloff Memorial ERA Award as a junior in 2004 with an ERA of 1.93 Set numerous career records at his school, including hits (131), doubles (43) and RBI (86) despite missing much of his senior season due to an injury Eclipsed his uncle, Jim Maddock, the previous record-holder for hits and RBI As a junior, hit .498 with four homers, 19 doubles, 30 RBI, an .865 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base mark with the batting average and doubles numbers setting school records Also lettered twice in football as a quarterback Led the football team into the second round of the 2004 state playoffs Won the 2005 Bob Neumann Award as the Most Outstanding Male Athlete at his school Graduated third in his class Coached in baseball by Mike Prina, Brett Kelley and Aaron Millard.
Other Amateur Baseball: Had a solid 2006 summer season with the Pittsfield Dukes of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, hitting .275 (28-102) with 15 RBI in 31 games (25 starts) despite the club's 13-29 overall record and sixth place finish in the conference's Southern Division Spent four summers playing with the Morton Post 318 American Legion team under coaches Aaron Millard (2002-03) and Brett Kelley (2004-05) Was twice named the team's Most Valuable Player (2004, '05) as well as its Top Pitcher in 2005 when he was 6-1 with a 1.35 ERA Twice won "Mr. Hustle" (2002, '03) and Best Average (2004, '05) honors Received the Best ERA Award in 2005 Led his Legion team to a third place finish at the 2004 State Championships and a 61-26 combined record in 2004 and 2005 Hit .455 with eight home runs and 48 RBI for the 2004 Legion squad, adding 15 doubles, a .712 slugging percentage and a .521 on-base showing Played with the Illinois Furniture Sunday Morning League team in 2002.
MLB First-Year Player Draft: Has never been drafted.
Getting To Know Grant Escue
Parents: Lance and Jean Escue
Major: Undeclared but contemplating a Political Science major
I would describe myself as a person as: Someone who loves to play baseball and do my best in both baseball and school
Sports Family: Uncle, Jim Maddock, pitched for Missouri (1979-82), tossed a no-hitter against Nebraska in May of 1981 and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1982 ... Uncle, David Maddock, played collegiate baseball for Illinois at Chicago from 1985-86 ... Grandfather, Jim Maddock Sr., played center for the North Carolina State college football team from 1945-49 and was drafted by the Rams in 1949 ... Uncle, Charles Laird, played college football for Mississippi (1958-61) and helped lead his team to three Sugar Bowl wins ... Uncle, John Maddock, played collegiate golf at Western Illinois, receiving his Bachelor's degree from the school in 1976 and his Master's in 1978, and is now the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at Canisius College
The reason I love baseball is: Because I have played it all of my life, and it makes me happy ... I enjoy playing the game of baseball more than anything in the world
For me to improve as a person, I need to: Lighten up a little bit and hang out with my teammates a little more ... Sometimes I get too stressed out about school
The biggest thrill of my life to date is: Being accepted to play baseball and attend Stanford
The reasons I chose Stanford are: Because it offers the best education, baseball team and coaching staff in the nation
What sets Stanford Baseball apart from other collegiate baseball programs is: The exceptional coaching staff and conditioning coaches, and the drive of each player to be the best that he can possibly be
Favorite Book: Moneyball
Favorite Pro Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Pro Sports Athlete: Albert Pujols
I would like to be remembered at Stanford for: The great achievements I made here
Best Advice Received: To do everything to the best of your ability
Advice To Youngsters: Work hard at everything you do and make sure you do well in school
The Stanford Baseball team will be fun to watch this year because: We are going to be very good and very fun to watch because we fly around and make plays
For me to improve as a player, I need to: Get stronger and faster
What makes Sunken Diamond so special is: The great condition of the field - it is one of the nicest diamonds in the country
Did You Know? Grant was the youngest player (14) to get a hit in the Peoria Sunday Morning League (established in 1918) when he singled off a pitcher who had just finished his junior season at Western Illinois
Last Updated: September 26, 2007