LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Newberry College shortstop Casio Grider has been selected in the 14th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Grider is the 427th overall pick in the draft and Newberry's second player drafted today.
"Casio is the best defensive shortstop I've ever coached, and he's been a big part of our team turning things around the last two years," said Newberry College head coach Bob Rikeman. "He went from a part time player in junior college to a starter at Newberry and now will get to live his life-long dream playing professional baseball. His work ethic is second to none, and I'm extremely proud of him."
Grider, a native of Hephzibah, Ga., transferred to Newberry from Darton College and played two seasons for the scarlet and gray. In his junior season, Grider hit .297 with 21 RBIs and 18 runs scored. He had a .913 fielding percentage and stole nine bases in 11 attempts. As a senior, Grider hit .287 with 20 RBIs and 21 runs scored. He had a .935 fielding percentage and stole 14 bases in 18 attempts.
He was a 2008 All-South Atlantic Conference Tournament Team member and was named a 2009 Southeast Region Player to Watch by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. He is the second player from Newberry College taken in the 2009 MLB Draft after right-handed reliever Thomas Berryhill was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round.