Ocean Springs’ Garrett Crochet weighs pro career vs. college

Life comes at you fast would be a good way to describe the last couple weeks for former Ocean Springs pitcher Garrett Crochet. Even as a senior, he mainly flew under the radar when it came to college recruiting and professional scouting, but that was all before he got selected by the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday in the 34th round of the 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft.
For Garrett Crochet the dream of playing professional baseball started to become a reality two Sundays ago. The left-handed ace of the Greyhounds worked out for the Brew Crew at Biloxi High School and kept in touch leading up to the draft. With the 1,014th overall pick, his name came off the board. “I received a call from my mom first, actually because she had been watching the draft and she told me that she heard my name and I was kind of in disbelief at first and then I got a call from the Brewers and they said that they had picked me. So, I was excited.”
Ocean Springs Head Baseball Coach Brian Rea said, “I text him this morning and I said ‘Hey, are you still on Cloud 9?’ and I think that’s kind of where he is, a lot has happened really fast for him in the past couple of weeks, a lot of really good things and so he has many options.”
Option one is to sign with the Brewers and maybe one day play right down the road with the Biloxi Shuckers. Option two is to play at Jones County Junior College where he originally signed back in November. Option three is pick up his first division I offer he received from Tulane, earlier this month or any other suitor that might come knocking. “My emotions have been pretty up and down because I’ve just been really excited about what I’ve got ahead of me, what the draft is panning out to be and I’ve got a few coaches, too. I’m really just excited to see what the future holds for me.”
“There’s some big decisions that have to be made, but I’m fully confident that Garrett, his family, he has a great support staff and they’ll make whatever the best decision is for him,” said Coach Rea.
Crochet admits money is a factor. If Milwaukee’s final offer isn’t high enough and says he values a college education and earning his degree. Either way it goes, he’s still not ready to tip his hand one way or the other. “Definitely a good feeling to be wanted by everybody and I’ve just got a lot of choices ahead of me that I need to make.”
“Would love to go watch him pitch in Yankee Stadium one day or wherever it may be. And so whether it’s immediately he begins that route through the minor league system or if he chooses the college route. Again, I think he’ll be fine either way he goes,” said Coach Rea.
During his three years at Ocean Springs and 12 years of being a head coach overall, Brian Rea says Crochet is the first player he’s ever had drafted straight out of high school.

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