Back in 2007, Grant Desme was a second-round pick by the Oakland A's, signing for a $432,000 bonus.
Now Deseme is leaving the A's organization to join the priesthood.
Last year the 23-year old enjoyed a breakout season. FoxSports' John Paul Morosi reports that "He batted .288 with 31 home runs and 89 RBIs in 131 games last year. Then he starred in the Arizona Fall League, where some of the game's top prospects compete each year. "
While it's rare for hot prospects to voluntarily retire from their boyhood dreams to do something completely different, it does happen occasionally. In 1989, 23-year old Detroit Tigers prospect Rob Ritchie was one of the lone bright spots on a terrible team -- making a splash in a 19-game late-season call-up just two years after he was a second round draft pick.
Then he retired to become a probation officer.
Of course most of us will never have the option of giving up such an exciting career to devote our energy to our values and ideals. But it's pretty inspiring to read about people who do -- and definitely a call to action: if you're not feeling fulfilled in your current career, find something else!
Top baseball prospect, Grant Desme, retires to enter priesthood