July 9, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Former Southern Miss shortstop Ashley Graeter (Poplarville, Miss.) signed a free-agent contract with the Colorado Rockies organization earlier last week and began his professional career with the Grand Junction (Colo.) Rockies in the Rookie-level Pioneer League over the weekend.
Graeter, who earned second team all-Conference USA honors as well as C-USA Tournament accolades this past spring, went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Rockies in a 13-2 defeat to the Ogden Raptors of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
He finished his two-year Golden Eagle career with a .340 batting average with 22 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 54 runs batted in, and he was the only Golden Eagle to start in all 56 games in 2012, starting 50 games at shortstop and six at third base. Graeter compiled a .958 fielding percentage this past season, making just 11 errors in 261 fielding chances.
Graeter also enjoyed a streak of 37 games reaching base.
Graeter is the lone member of the 2012 squad to sign a professional contract, although two signees, Zach Bird and Anthony Alford, signed deals earlier this summer. Alford, though, will still be eligible to play for the Southern Miss football team in the fall.