Grae Kessinger promoted to single-A Quad Cities

Published 3:26 pm Friday, July 5, 2019

Grae Kessinger was pulled out of the Tri-City ValleyCats game in the first inning on Thursday. He didn’t get hurt – he had been promoted to the Astros single-A Quad Cities River Bandits.

It took Kessinger just 12 games in a ValleyCats uniform to make his mark in the Astros organization.

Kessinger hit .268 with four doubles and three RBIs in his short stint in New York. Now he’ll catch a plane and head to his next professional stop in Davenport, Iowa.

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An interesting note from Grae Kessinger’s short stint in New York for short-season ball is that the kid who played exclusively shortstop at Ole Miss is playing all over. In just twelve games, Kessinger has played first, second and third base, in addition to shortstop.

It’s not an incredibly surprising attempted transition, as the big-league Astros have one of the best young shortstops in the league in Carlos Correa, and another All-Star playing third base, Alex Bregman, who is also naturally a shortstop.

Kessinger may need to get used to that versatility – it can only help in his progression towards Houston.


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