Grant Lavigne waited a week after his high school graduation to become a millionaire.
The 18-year-old Bedford, N.H., native cashed in on his massive potential as a baseball player, deciding to forego a four-year scholarship offer from Wake Forest University to become a professional directly out of Bedford High School. Lavigne signed with the Colorado Rockies for an even $2 million, nearly $300,000 more than the slot value for the spot in which he was selected — early in the second round as the 42nd pick overall.
Based on the early returns, the Rockies may be getting a bargain in the 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who now holds the distinction of being the highest draft pick ever of any high school player from New Hampshire. After being a dominant figure in New Hampshire for the past four years, Lavigne has taken quickly to pro ball while swinging a wooden bat.