Noah Granet is putting the ‘H’ in DH for the Scranton Prep baseball team.
In the first three games, the senior batted .818 (9 for 11) with two doubles, four runs and three RBIs to help the Cavaliers start off with a 2-1 record.
Granet usually plays shortstop, but a shoulder injury in preseason practice prevents him from throwing and playing the field. So he is only able to bat and serve as the designated hitter.
Here is more from Granet’s Athlete of the Week interview:
Favorite teams: Boston Red Sox. Football-wise, since I was born in Washington, D.C., I like the Redskins.
Athletes I admire: Christian Yelich. He just goes about his business well. He won the MVP last year, but you wouldn’t know it seeing him in an interview or anything like that. Dustin Pedroia as well. He plays with fire and passion. I really admire that.
Favorite food: Pizza
Superstitions and rituals: Before a game, I always eat the same thing at lunch. A buffalo chicken cheesesteak, an order of pierogis and a Powerade. Then I just try to do similar things, not get too far out of whack. Like in BP, try to do the same things in every round. But it’s not a set regiment.
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Abraham Lincoln, Bill Belichick, Barry Bonds
How well are you seeing the baseball? Does it look like a beachball coming in?: People always say that. I don’t know where it comes from. But definitely, there is a huge difference when you’re swinging well and not swinging well. Right now, I feel really comfortable at the plate. A lot more fluid and relaxed rather than tense and nervous.
You moved up one spot in the lineup, from second to leadoff. How much of an adjustment has that been? It’s a little different. I definitely was an adjustment in the first game. Against Pittston Area, I swung at the first pitch of the season. I realized I can’t do that anymore. I’ve got the give the other guys a chance to see (the opposing pitcher). So working an at-bat and making the pitcher work a little bit. Taking that first pitch has been a little bit of an adjustment, but after the first couple of at-bats you kind of get used to it. My job is to just try to get on base.
How did you hurt your shoulder? I dove for a ball in practice. We were doing a situational drill. I think there were runners on first and second, one out. I guess the call it a subluxation. It pops out of place, but then it pops right back in and everything gets kind of stretched out. Hindsight is 20-20. Do I regret (diving)? Maybe I do now. But you’ve got to play the game. I’m glad at least it was a baseball-related thing, rather than me doing something stupid, fooling around.
You committed to continue your academic and athletic career at Princeton when you were a sophomore. Talk about that decision: When I walked on the campus for the first time January of my freshman year, I got that feeling that this is where I wanted to go. I said to my dad that I would be so happy if I had the opportunity to go to a school like this. Thankfully, the coach (Scott Bradley) reached out to me and I decided to get it out of the way then because that’s where I wanted to be. Since then, I’ve just had to focus on going to school and playing baseball.
Are there things they want you to do in games? Do they make suggestions? Not any formal suggestions, but I call them with updates with how I’m playing, how my season is going. They’re happy to see variety. In the summer, I played shortstop, second base, third base and I think they were happy to see me moving around a little bit rather than staying at my primary position of shortstop. When I told them that I was now hitting leadoff, they were like, all right that adds a little more versatility. So it’s not formal suggestions, but they like to know what’s going on.
What was their reaction when you told them about your shoulder injury? Coach (Scott) Bradley mentioned that his son did the same exact thing when he was playing. You’ve got to take the rehab seriously and if you don’t feel 100 percent, don’t come back and make it worse. But I don’t think it’s going to be a long recovery process.
How did committing early to college take off any pressure? Definitely, a lot of the stress was taken out of the equation. Obviously, I wanted to maintain the same academic standards that I was. But it was a weight off my shoulders. I can just go about my business, get better at baseball, work hard at school. I still have to work hard; I feel like I’m just getting started. But it was a big relief.
Do you know what your going to major in? I think I’m going to go in undecided. I have a couple of ideas, but I’m not positive enough to make that decision.
If you could bat against any pitcher in baseball history, who would it be? Randy Johnson. Watching videos of him throw, it looks like the ball is going about 1,000 MPH. That’s one guy I would like to stand in — not even take an at-bat against — just stand in and see what that actually looks like. Nobody else looks like that to me.