BEFORE UMASS: Played four seasons as a pitcher and outfielder at Simsbury High School under Coach Keith Wetjen ... Helped the Trojans win the CCC-North title during his freshman and junior seasons ... Was named CCC All-Conference following his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns ... Hit .405 for his high school career with 63 stolen bases, 57 runs scored, 48 RBI and a .502 on base percentage ... Earned all-zone selections in 2008 and 2009 ... Was a member of the Connecticut Senior Team in 2009 ... Selected as team captain as a senior ... Batted .420 with 19 RBI and 20 stolen bases as a senior ... Also played soccer and basketball while at Simsbury High and served as captain of both squads.
PERSONAL: Born Richard Philip Graef on Dec. 5, 1990, in Athens, Ga. ... Son of Richard and Mary Graef ... Plans to major in Sport Management