Grimes, Cronin earn Perfect Game accolades

Cyrus Grimes is gaining a great deal of attention as a high school baseball player.

College scouts are taking notice of his talents and the Navarre outfielder was just named a high honorable mention selection on the Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All-American team.

“It’s hard to get noticed at first, but once you do, you form relationships with the coaches and see where things go,” Grimes said. “It’s great having the chance to talk with different schools.”

Grimes is rated one of the top 100 outfielders in the state is one of the top 1,000 in the nation. He has an outfield velocity of 92 miles per hour, a speed he reached at Perfect Game’s National Academic Showcase last year. The average throw among outfielders in the class of 2017 is 79 miles per hour.

As great as the recognition is, Grimes hasn’t allowed the pressure of the added attention to become a burden. Instead, he embraces it.

“You can’t let it get to you,” Grimes said. “It’s more motivation than anything else.”

Matt Cronin is accustomed to recognition and is already committed to play baseball at the University of Arkansas next year.

Last week, the senior pitcher was named a Florida Region Perfect Game first-team All-American.

“It’s a huge honor and I want to thank Rawlings and Perfect Game for including me on it,” Cronin said. “It feels nice to get the recognition after the work I’ve put in.”

Cronin has been instrumental to the success of the Raiders, who were 8-6 through 14 games. He said he’s pleased overall with his performance this season despite some up-and-down moments and has focused a great deal on limiting his walks.

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