Yasmani Grandal

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Yasmani Grandal
Yasmani Grandal 02.jpg
Grandal with the San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres – No. 8
Catcher
Born: (1988-11-08) November 8, 1988 (age 25)
Havana, Cuba
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 2, 2012 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through June 9, 2014)
Batting average .245
Home runs 14
Runs batted in 60
Teams

Yasmani Grandal (born November 8, 1988) is a Cuban-American professional baseball catcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball at the University of Miami.

Early years[edit]

Grandal attended Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida.[1] He became an American citizen during his junior year.[2] He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 27th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and chose to attend the University of Miami, where he played for the Miami Hurricanes baseball team. In his 2010 season for the Hurricanes, he batted .401 with 15 home runs, 60 RBI, and a .527 on-base percentage in 62 games. He finished second for the Golden Spikes Award[3] and was named to the 2010 NCBWA Division I All-America Team.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Grandal was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds 12th overall in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed a 4-year, $2.99 million Major League contract on August 16, 2010, meaning the Reds must have him on the active roster by the end of the 2013 season.[5] He played his first professional ball for the Arizona League Reds in 2010. In 28 at-bats, he had eight hits and four walks. He batted .305 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs at Class A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2011, quickly rising through the farm system.[6]

San Diego Padres[edit]

On December 17, 2011, he was traded by Cincinnati, along with Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, and Brad Boxberger, to the San Diego Padres for Mat Latos.[7] Grandal was the third catcher on the Padres' 40-man roster, joining Nick Hundley and John Baker.[8] He started the 2012 season with the Triple-A Tucson Padres.[9] According to MLB.com, he was the Padres' third-ranked prospect and the fifth-best catching prospect in MLB. After batting .317 with a .421 OBP and four home runs, 23 RBIs in 120 at-bats, Grandal was promoted to San Diego as they needed another batter on the bench.[10][11] He made his major league debut on June 2, 2012, entering as a defensive replacement and flying out in his only at-bat.[12] He was reassigned to Tucson the next day.[13] He was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[14]

In his first major-league start just hours after being recalled from Tucson on June 30, 2012, Grandal became the first player in MLB history to homer from both sides of the plate for his first career hits in the same game. He was also the second Padre to have a pair of round-trippers in his first career start since Keith Lockhart achieved it in 1994, and the fourth in team history to do it from each side of the plate in a single contest.[15] He later became the seventh player to hit three home runs for his first three hits in the majors since 1900.[a] On July 4, he hit a two-run pinch hit homer for his fourth homer in his first six hits.[17] Grandal finished the year hitting .297/.394/.469 with 8 HR and 36 RBI in 60 games, 52 of them starts.

On November 7, 2012, MLB suspended Grandal for 50 games for testing positive for having a high testosterone level. He did not appeal the suspension and served his suspension at the beginning of the 2013 season.[18][19]

In a January 2013 report, Grandal, along with several other Major League Baseball players, was linked to Biogenesis of America, a clinic that allegedly produces performance enhancing drugs.[20] On July 6, 2013, Grandal suffered a knee injury and left the game. An MRI revealed that there was significant damage in the ACL and MCL, which prematurely ended Grandal's 2013 season. He underwent surgery to repair the torn ACL and MCL on July 9, 2013.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The others were Keith McDonald (2000), Alfonso Soriano (1999–2000), Mike Greenwell (1985), Billy Conigliaro (1969), Ed Sanicki (1949) and Chick Fullis (1929).[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reds draft catcher Yasmani Grandal from University of Miami". News.cincinnati.com. June 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  2. ^ Potter, Mike (July 26, 2011). "smithfieldherald.com | Grandal makes quick adjustment to pro ball". Theherald-nc.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Reds' negotiations with top pick progressing". MLB. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  4. ^ 2010 NCBWA All-American Baseball Team Baseball World, June 18, 2010
  5. ^ "Grandal gets contract, spot on Reds' roster | reds.com: News". MLB.com. June 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Padres trade Mat Latos to Reds". ESPN. Associated Press. December 17, 2011. Archived from the original on December 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Reds acquire Latos in five-player deal". Fox Sports. December 17, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Center, Bill (December 17, 2011). "Latos traded to Reds for Volquez, 3 top prospects". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on December 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ Center, Bill (March 29, 2012). "Padres Report: Grandal, Hinshaw trimmed ... 13 more to go". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ Brock, Corey (June 1, 2012). "Padres call up catching prospect Grandal". MLB. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ Center, Bill (June 2, 2012). "Infielder Forsythe joining Padres on Sunday". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on June 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Daniel Hudson goes eight strong in D-backs' victory against Padres". ESPN. Associated Press. June 2, 2012. Archived from the original on June 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ Jenkins, Chris (June 3, 2012). "A whirlwind weekend in majors for Grandal". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on June 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Prospects pack rosters for 2012 All-Star Futures Game". MLB. June 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  15. ^ Scott, Trey (January 7, 2012). "Scott, Trey. "Grandal's pair of HRs lift Padres past Rox," MLB.com, Saturday, June 30, 2012". Sandiego.padres.mlb.com. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  16. ^ Schoenfield, David (July 3, 2012). "Clearing the bases: Oh, Romero". ESPN. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Yasmani Grandal's HR lifts streaking Padres over D-backs". ESPN. July 4, 2012. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ Lacques, Gabe (November 7, 2012). "Yasmani Grandal suspended 50 games for testosterone use". USA Today. 
  19. ^ USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/padres/2013/05/28/yasmani-grandals-suspension-ends/2368231/ |url= missing title (help). 
  20. ^ "A Miami Clinic Supplies Drugs to Sports' Biggest Names". Miami New Times. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 

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