It’s official! Bedford’s Lavigne begins pro baseball career

Grant Lavigne will spend his immediate future immersed in baseball and geography.

The recent Bedford High School graduate, a two-time Gatorade New Hampshire Baseball Player of the Year, signed his first professional contract and is now a member of the Colorado Rockies organization.

The deal for the 42nd pick overall includes a reported $2 million signing bonus for Lavigne, the 42nd pick overall in the recent Major League Baseball Draft. He will not attend Wake Forest, which was his option on scholarship, had he not chosen to turn pro.

First stop for Lavigne is one of the toughest travel leagues in minor league baseball, the Pioneer League.

Like it or not, he will earn hands-on lessons about the Rocky Mountains as the Pioneer League has teams in Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Montana.

The Rockies’ franchise in the league is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The league is the “rookie” level of baseball, mostly for recent draft picks selected out of high school. Still just 18 years old, Lavigne is one of the youngest players on the roster.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is off to a superb start as well.

As of press time mid-week, Lavigne was off to a 6 for 15 start with three walks, a triple and two RBIs.

Lavigne will be pointing to a pair of goals this summer, first to get himself ready for the Arizona fall instructional series held by the Rockies and the second would be to lay down a foundation to gain a spot up the ladder next spring at Ashevilla (NC) in the full-season (May-August) Single-A level.