Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports today:
Outfielder Grant Desme, one of the Oakland A’s top prospects, has decided to retire from baseball in order to pursue the priesthood. An A’s official confirmed Desme’s decision this morning, saying the 23-year-old is “serious” about the big career change.
After batting .288 with 31 home runs in 131 games in A-ball last year, Desme opened eyes with stellar play in the Arizona Fall League, where he won the prospect-laden league MVP award. Baseball America currently has him pegged as the #8 prospect in the A’s chain.
He played so well in the fall that the A’s were seriously considering inviting him to major league spring training this season.