Originally posted on MetsMinor.net  |  Last updated 10/30/13
  When we think about the Mets organization reaching out to the International market to look for quality prospects, the first thing that comes to mind is usually Central and South America and the Caribbean. Very rarely does a fan think about looking for prospects in Europe. But in 2008, the Mets signed catching prospect Kai Gronauer to a non-drafted free agent contract. Gronauer started out playing baseball at 10 years old when a good friend took him to a practice in his home town of Solingen, Germany. He initially started out as a shortstop and center fielder, but at the age of 16, his coaches had other plans, “My coaches Peter Krueger and Matthias Winterrath thought it was best to put me behind the dish, because of my understanding of the game,” says Gronauer. In the summer of 2008, the Mets sent him to the Gulf Coast Mets and in 16 games he batted .356 in 45 at bats.  In 2009, he was sent to Savannah and in 67 games he batted .243, with 7 doubles, 6 home runs in 230 at bats. In ...
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