FORMER HAWK JAKE GRONSKY SIGNS WITH ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
JUPITER, Fla. – Former Monmouth second baseman Jake Gronsky inked a professional contract in the St. Louis Cardinals organization on Monday evening, moving to affiliated baseball from the independent Joliet Slammers. Gronsky will report to the Gulf Coast League and join the GCL Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Cardinals organization,” said Gronsky. “They are one of the most respected organizations in the MLB. This is an opportunity I’ve been working for my entire life and I’m very grateful for each step of this journey.”
Gronsky signed a contract with the independent Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League just ten days ago, on July 11. In seven games in Joliet, he hit .385, going 10-for-26 with six runs scored, four RBI’s and two doubles. He also walked twice and stole a base, notching a hit in all but one game with the Slammers.
In his senior year at MU, Gronsky started 48 games on the right side of the infield. He led the club with 60 hits and eight stolen bases, while his .330 average was also tops on the squad. He drove in 29 runs, and picked up his 200th career hit on April 5 at Saint Peter’s. During his Monmouth career, Gronsky collected 237 hits, good for fifth in MU history, while knocking 52 doubles, the fourth most ever for a Hawk. He also hustled out six career triples, good for 12th all-time in his 203 career games.
He joins two other former Hawks in the professional ranks including RHP Brad Brach (Baltimore Orioles) and former teammate RHP Pat Light (Boston Red Sox Class A Advanced affiliate Salem Red Sox).