BATESVILLE, Ark. – Every young baseball player growing up has thoughts of playing at the professional level one day. For most, it’s a dream to compete with some of the top level players in major league baseball. For former Lyon College Scot, Griffin Glaude he is climbing the ladder to that same dream.
Just over a year ago last summer, Glaude signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization as an undrafted free agent. In 2015, Glaude started at the rookie level, garnering a 3-1 record with a 2.20 earned run average and striking out 37 batters.
Glaude said playing at this level can be hectic, but looks forward to all the time he has spent at the professional level thus far.
“The travel is tough in this league,” Glaude said. “We recently had a nine day road trip then sometimes you’re at home for some games and you travel on buses throughout the night. You may get back early in the morning and then be ready to play a game that afternoon. There’s a lot more behind the scenes stuff that people don’t understand.
Since signing as an undrafted free agent, he has progressively climbed up to as far as the single ‘A’ (Advanced) level, and is currently at the single ‘A’ (Short) level playing for the Vancouver Canadians.
In 15 games with the Canadians he has totaled a 1-1 record with a 2.22 ERA. He also has three saves and 29 strikeouts in 24.1 innings pitched.
Before every game, Glaude tries to stay with the same routine before taking the field. He said it has a lot to do with preparation.
“Going from college to pro ball you don’t realize the toll it takes on yourself,” Glaude said. “I try to get as much rest as I can because you eventually realize how valuable it is with all the workouts and conditioning to have your arm ready to play.”
Looking back at playing on Scots Field for Lyon, Glaude still has memories tucked in the back of his mind. In two years he pitched 112.2 innings going 11-3 on the mound with a 1.44 ERA, while striking out 144 batters. He also served as a tremendous offensive player batting .396 with 71 runs scored and 79 runs batted in.
He also helped lead the Scots to consecutive second place finishes in the American Midwest Conference, and a national tournament opening round appearance in 2015.
The thought that sticks out the most while playing in college, was putting on a Lyon uniform every game and playing for the coaches.
“I never had coaches like Coach (Tony) Roepcke and Coach (Gary) Sevier that cared about me as a person other than being a baseball player,” Glaude said. “They brought the family aspect to me and they really want to get to know you as a person and better you as a person rather than just a player on the field.”
Glaude hopes to continue his progression as he has accumulated a 4-2 record in 32 appearances with a 2.45 ERA thus far. He also has eight saves and 69 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched.
“It’s a journey,” Glaude said. “Learning different things from my current coaching staff it’s not so much a physical thing but the mentality you have to have while learning the game of baseball. Coming into this season I wanted to make every pitch better as the tendencies of hitters look for what you may throw on the first pitch. I try to just play the game and not overthink it.”
Glaude said if he had one message for student-athletes coming to Lyon College it would be to focus on yourself.
“You have to figure out things for yourself and not let things go to your head,” Glaude said. “Just know that you have to play hard.”