Brilliant senior season includes nod to 2015 Dream Team for Nate Grys

By: Mike Moore | Madison - Park News | Published July 30, 2015

 Nate Grys hit .398 with four home runs, 11 doubles, 39 RBIs, 31 runs scored and 23 walks this past spring and was named to the 2015 Dream Team.

Nate Grys hit .398 with four home runs, 11 doubles, 39 RBIs, 31 runs scored and 23 walks this past spring and was named to the 2015 Dream Team.

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MADISON HEIGHTS — He was the kind of player who could take over at any moment, “a guy that single-handedly won us a few games this year,” as Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball coach Justin Robinson put it.

Nate Grys had that type of season in 2015, and it was more than just Robinson who recognized that fact.

Following the state finals in June, the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association released its All-State rosters, naming the top players from the spring.

The association also named the absolute best of the best, and Grys was one of 23 guys selected to the annual Dream Team.

“When it comes to talent, he’s one of the best players I’ve ever coached,” Robinson said of Grys. “I’ve coached 10 guys who’ve been drafted, and he is at the top of that list.”

“It’s an honor, really,” Grys said. The Sterling Heights resident is set to play at Western Michigan University next spring. “I was surprised to hear I made it, truthfully. To see my name on that list was pretty special.”

After tearing cartilage in his left wrist as a junior, Grys hit left-handed all of 2014.

Back to the right side of the plate this season, he was outstanding for Foley.

While helping a young and rebuilding squad to a 20-win season, Grys hit .398 with four home runs, 11 doubles, 39 RBIs, 31 runs scored and 23 walks. He had a slugging percentage of .670 and also stole 27 bases.

Robinson, who just finished his first year as Foley’s head coach, said a player of Grys’ talent helped the program stay on course during a season of transition.

“He really was the main reason we won some of the games we did,” Robinson added. “Look at the Catholic League final. He did just about everything.”

Grys had an inside-the-park, three-run home run in the 4-2 victory against Riverview Gabriel Richard in the final.

The Catholic League championship was the fourth for Grys.

“We’re lucky to have guys like him on this team,” Robinson added.

Grys said his mental approach to the game was one of the biggest reasons for his success this year, though focusing on a Dream Team spot wasn’t something he ever did.

“You go to the field and work every day, and it’s really all about the team,” he said. “You don’t really think about being on a list like this.”

Now the challenge is carrying that success to the next level.

“His ceiling is enormous,” Robinson added. “He has size, speed and a number of attributes you can’t teach. If he continues to work and develop, he’s going to be a high draft choice. Nate is a star.”

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