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Desme takes leap of faith

Oakland Athletics prospect decides to trade jersey for vestments

Updated: January 29, 2010, 6:38 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Grant Desme had finally reached a garden spot in his baseball career, but to him it only hinted at forbidden fruit further ahead.

The Oakland A's prospect was MVP of the 2009 Arizona Fall League, a gathering place for baseball's best young players. People were beginning to wonder when, not if, the outfielder would be a major league ballplayer.

He had a rare combination of power and speed. If he seemed oddly quiet and reflective to some of his teammates, he wasn't the first ...

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