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Top 50 Prospects: #42 – Yasmani Grandal

#42 Yasmani Grandal

Cincinnati Reds

DOB: 11/8/1988

Previous Rank: N/R

ETA: 2013

Grandal, a product of the Miami Hurricanes program, had a monstrous year behind the dish across three stops, culminating with four games in the International League to close the season out.  He even has collected 12 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League.  Grandal, a switch hitter, was selected 12th overall in 2010, and in his first full professional season in 2011 slashed .305/.401/.500 as a 22-year old.  He should start the year in the high Minors with a chance to break in at some point during 2012.  The more realistic scenario likely has him cracking the lineup in Cincinnati in 2013 or somewhere else via a trade since Grandal is behind Devin Mesoraco on the depth chart, a consensus top-20 prospect.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA
2010 21 Reds ARIZ Rk CIN 8 33 28 4 8 1 0 0 1 4 4 .286
2011 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-AA-AAA CIN 105 441 374 69 114 31 0 14 68 59 97 .305
2011 22 Bakersfield CALL A+ CIN 56 251 206 47 61 14 0 10 40 41 57 .296
2011 22 Carolina SOUL AA CIN 45 172 156 20 47 15 0 4 26 13 39 .301
2011 22 Louisville IL AAA CIN 4 18 12 2 6 2 0 0 2 5 1 .500
2 Seasons 113 474 402 73 122 32 0 14 69 63 101 .303
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Generated 11/15/2011.
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2010 21 Reds ARIZ Rk CIN 8 33 28 0 1 .286 .394 .321 .715 9
2011 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-AA-AAA CIN 105 441 374 14 68 .305 .401 .500 .901 187
2011 22 Bakersfield CALL A+ CIN 56 251 206 10 40 .296 .410 .510 .920 105
2011 22 Carolina SOUL AA CIN 45 172 156 4 26 .301 .360 .474 .835 74
2011 22 Louisville IL AAA CIN 4 18 12 0 2 .500 .667 .667 1.333 8
2 Seasons 113 474 402 14 69 .303 .401 .488 .888 196
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Generated 11/15/2011.
Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/G PB SB CS CS%
2010 21 Reds ARIZ Rk CIN C 4 37 34 3 0 0 1.000 9.25 0 3 1 25%
2011 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-AA-AAA CIN C 90 789 704 72 13 7 .984 8.62 19 75 39 34%
2011 22 Bakersfield CALL A+ CIN C 44 430 389 35 6 4 .986 9.64 14 37 19 34%
2011 22 Bakersfield CALL A+ CIN DH 12 0.00
2011 22 Carolina SOUL AA CIN C 42 316 273 36 7 3 .978 7.36 5 36 20 36%
2011 22 Louisville IL AAA CIN C 4 43 42 1 0 0 1.000 10.75 0 2 0 0%
2 Seasons 106 826 738 75 13 7 .984 7.67 19 78 40 34%
C (2 seasons) C 94 826 738 75 13 7 .984 8.65 19 78 40 34%
DH (1 season) DH 12 0.00
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Generated 11/15/2011.

Still, Grandal’s glove typically receives better grades as does his arm than Mesoraco’s.  Scouts prefer Grandal’s ability from the left side of the dish a little better than from the right, but he’s plus from both sides.  With a full season behind the dish in the Show, Grandal could amass 20 bombs and approach a .300 average with good on-base skills and above average defense.  That sounds a lot like Victor Martinez to me, especially when considering that he hits from both sides.  Grandal is the kind of big-upside backstop that every club would like to see in the high Minors.


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