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College Baseball: Desme to get in a last few swings

Baseball-player-turned-aspiring-priest Grant Desme will be playing one more baseball game before entering a seminary, and it will come at his old stomping grounds at Baggett Stadium.

Desme will join former Cal Poly players Garrett Olson and several other pros as the Mustangs’ alumni take on head coach Larry Lee’s current crop of Cal Poly players in an exhibition at 1 p.m. today — six days before the season-opening series at home against USC.

Since these might be Desme’s final swings for a while, if not ever, you might want to stake out some spots beyond the outfield wall.

“He’ll be swinging for the seats,” Lee said. “This will be his last game before he pursues the priesthood. We’re looking forward to spending some time with him.”

As Lee’s products continue to ascend the ranks of professional baseball, the Mustangs’ alumni game becomes more star-studded. But not all of the recent standouts are able to make it back to San Luis Obispo for the game, either because their Major League obligations prevent them or because they’ve moved out of state to be closer to their new home teams.

Pitchers Bud Norris of the Houston Astros and Casey Fien of the Detroit Tigers, who each made their Major League debuts last season, will not be there. Neither will outfielder Logan Schafer, who’s in the Milwaukee Brewers’ system.

The list of current minor leaguers scheduled to attend includes Jimmy Van Ostrand, Brent Morel, Brandon Roberts, Adam Buschini, Thomas Eager, Gary Daley, Eric Massingham, Rocky Roquet and Jared Eskew.

“It’s really something that the community should take advantage of and see some of these players, how they’ve progressed in professional ball since they’ve left Cal Poly,” said Lee, entering his eighth season with the Mustangs. “A number of them will be in the Major Leagues within the next two or three years.

It’s a high quality of talent, and we hope that that talent pool continues to grow throughout the upcoming years.”