Jeremiah Granatstein is a versatile player for the Dr. Phillips Predators travel baseball team.
The Dr. Phillips Predators travel baseball team (ages 11 and 12) placed second in the Nations of Greater Orlando Presidents Day Challenge Feb. 18 and 19. Helping to lead the way with a versatile performance throughout the event was Jeremiah Granatstein, 12.
How did you enjoy the tournament?
The level of competition was actually pretty good. … The tournament was just really fun and really good.
The regular season for Little League is starting up. Are you excited?
I’m actually pretty excited — I have a bunch of friends on my team, and I’m excited for All-Stars.
What position do you like playing the best?
Shortstop. It’s the head of the field, and I like it.
You pitch, too. What’s your best pitch?
My fastball, for sure.
How far do you think your coach, former big leaguer James Parr, would hit your fastball?
About 30 feet backward.
What’s the best advice you’ve gotten from your coach?
Keep your head in the game and do not listen to your parents when you’re pitching.
Which MLB team is your favorite, and who is your favorite professional player?
The Toronto Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson. He’s an all-around amazing player and he’s got high-energy.
Why do you like the Blue Jays?
My dad (Bryan Granatstein) is from Toronto.
Do you play any other sports?
I wakeboard. We have season passes to Orlando Watersports Complex.
What are your favorite subjects in school at Southwest Middle?
Math and science, for sure. They’re super interesting, and I’m good at them.
So what do you think you’d like to be when you grow up?
A doctor. A plastic surgeon or the one that works with the nervous system. It’s extremely interesting to me, and I think it’d be fun.