It took his high school basketball coach to give Grant Myers the push to become a great college baseball player.
When he graduated from Rock Island High School, Myers made the decision to continue his baseball career at Monmouth College. What he did not want to happen was that he would be just another guy on the Fighting Scots roster.
In the final month of his senior season, Myers has been far from just another guy. He is hitting .406 with eight doubles, three triples, five home runs and 32 RBIs this season. For his career, he is hitting .339 with 12 home runs and 89 RBIs.
“I came to school saying I just don’t want to be just average,” Myers said. “Coach (Thom) Sigel told me many times during basketball practice, ‘Every day you don’t work, someone else is working harder than you.’
“I put that into my workouts. I decided very early in my college career that I didn’t want to go a single day without being the best.”
A power hitter from his early youth baseball days, Myers has continued that trend throughout his college career. He also credits his coaches in the weight room and his head coach, Alan Betourne, for getting him to where he is now.
“Our weight room staff gave us great workouts and fit what I needed to a ‘T’ and that helped so much,” he said. “Then, when coach Betourne came in my sophomore year, he really helped me with baseball and life. He got me through some tough times and put me in a great spot.”
It is a spot that has him thinking about baseball beyond Monmouth College.
“I have nine games left in the regular season but I definitely don’t want it to be over yet,” Myers said. “I’ve had a few contacts about scouts wanting to take a look at me. I’ve had a few invitations to some showcases and I think I’m going to one in Florida on May 20.
“I will go down there and try to show them what I have. I want to prove I am a multi-dimensional player. I believe I am draft ready. I am my biggest critic and I know I’m not a star but you look at my numbers and it doesn’t matter what level you are talking about, they don’t lie.”