Yasmani Grandal

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Yasmani Grandal
Yasmani Grandal on May 20, 2015.jpg
Grandal with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 9
Catcher
Born: (1988-11-08) November 8, 1988 (age 26)
Havana, Cuba
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 2, 2012 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through August 1, 2015)
Batting average .258
Home runs 39
Runs batted in 135
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Yasmani Grandal (born November 8, 1988) is a Cuban-American professional baseball catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball at the University of Miami. He previously played for the San Diego Padres. Grandal has also filled in at first base for the Dodgers.

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 runs batted in (RBIs), 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 and was placed on the 40-man roster.[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 Bakersfield, Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville in 2011, quickly rising through the farm system.[6]

San Diego Padres[edit]

Grandal with the San Diego Padres in 2012

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 at the time, behind Nick Hundley and John Baker on the depth chart.[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 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.[12] He was reassigned to Tucson the next day[13] and was selected 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 (against Colorado Rockies pitchers Christian Friedrich and Jeremy Guthrie). 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 produced 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 his 2013 season. He underwent surgery to repair the torn ACL and MCL on July 9, 2013. In 28 games in 2013, he hit .216 with one homer and 9 RBI.

In 2014, despite posting a disappointing slash line, .225/.327/.401, Grandal stayed healthy throughout the season. He finished with career highs in every offensive category. His defense behind the plate remained a question mark as he displayed issues throwing out baserunners.[21] He also played first base in 2014, as he split time behind the plate with René Rivera.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On December 18, 2014, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers (along with Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin) in exchange for Matt Kemp, Tim Federowicz and $32 million in cash.[22]

On May 7, 2015 Grandal hit two three-run homers and recorded a career high eight RBIs in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.[23] On June 21, Grandal became the first Dodgers catcher with two home runs and a bunt single in one game since Roy Campanella on August 30, 1955.[24] He was selected to the National League roster for the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his first All-Star selection.[25]

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 August 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Potter, Mike (July 26, 2011). "smithfieldherald.com | Grandal makes quick adjustment to pro ball". Theherald-nc.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Reds' negotiations with top pick progressing". MLB. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  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 August 2, 2012. 
  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 August 2, 2012. 
  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 August 2, 2012. 
  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. ^ "Grandal's suspension ends, returns to lineup". USA Today. Associated Press. May 28, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ "A Miami Clinic Supplies Drugs to Sports' Biggest Names". Miami New Times. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.procanes.com/files/8a8ead70a857056d9f6ace3895fa37c6-15225.html
  22. ^ "Padres acquire OF Matt Kemp". ESPN.com. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ McCalvy, Adam and Ken Gurnick (May 7, 2015). "Grand finale! Yasmani's 8 RBIs lift Dodgers over Crew". mlb.com. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  24. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 21, 2015). "Dodgers offense erupts to take finale with Giants". SB Nation. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  25. ^ Shaikin, Bill (July 6, 2015). "Four Dodgers selected to NL All-Star team, but not Clayton Kershaw". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 

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