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1.12 Cincinnati Reds - Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami

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Yasmani Grandal   Position: C   School: Miami   State: FL   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’2’’   Weight: 210

Bats: B   Throws: R   Birth Date: 11/8/88   Seiler Rating: 1B2   Last Drafted: 2007 (BOS-27)

 

Year

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2008

38

124

25

29

6

0

7

28

0

0

22

31

.234

.358

.452

2009

59

197

48

59

11

0

16

45

2

1

33

37

.299

.414

.599

2010

56

199

50

84

22

1

14

56

1

1

52

32

.422

.545

.754


Yasmani Grandal is a top-level catcher from the University of Miami. Grandal came to Miami from Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida, which is obviously just outside of Miami. He was a very high-level prospect in high school, and he could have been a first round pick for a few teams if not for extravagant bonus demands and a strong commitment to play for the Hurricanes. Though it has taken some time to fulfill his immense potential, it has finally come to fruition this spring after two years of disappointing seasons. He was even outperformed with Team USA by teammate Blake Forsythe from Tennessee at catcher, leading to questions about his chances of reaching the first round this year. However, he exploded offensively this spring, and he’s now a lock for the first half of the first round, and he could be an all-star catcher with some development. He flashes above-average potential with the bat, both with an above-average hit tool and above-average power, and even though he’s a below-average runner, he’s by no means lacking for some athleticism. He’s an above-average receiver with an above-average arm, and his only negative is footwork, which isn’t great, leading to some longer delivery times when throwing to second base. However, he’s an elite prospect for the top half of the first round, and he should sign fairly quickly for close to slot money.