WAREHAM, Mass. – The 2015 NCAA baseball season may have come to a close for Salisbury University sophomore Pete Grasso, but his playing year will continue, as the Wilmington, Delaware native has earned a temporary contract with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League – the premier summer wood bat collegiate league in the country.
It is rare that a Division III player earns a contract, which Grasso did for his pitching abilities, while playing nearly every infield position during tryouts, as well.
The teams in the Cape Cod League offer full-season contracts, and temporary contracts, which cover the first few weeks of the season, while the Division I season is completed at the College World Series. When his contract expires, Grasso could be offered a full contract, as some roster spots go unfilled by players who are drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
In Wareham, Grasso will be playing for the same club which current Salisbury Head Coach Troy Brohawn played for when he was attending the University of Nebraska. Brohawn played for the Gatemen in 1993.
During the 2015 season, Grasso was Salisbury's starting shortstop, as one of just two Sea Gulls to start all 40 games. He batted .346 with 47 RBIs, leading the team to a 33-6-1 record and a run to the NCAA Division III World Series.
On the mound, Grasso made nine appearances, including five starts, posting a 4.31 ERA while striking out 39 batters in 31 1/3 innings pitched.
The Gateman open their season tonight, June 9, at the Brewster Whitecaps; the first pitch is slated for 5 p.m.