Monday, June 7, 2010

Cincinnati Reds pick Yasmani Grandal with 12th pick

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Yasmani Grandal, a 6'2, 210 lb catcher out of Miami (Fla.) with the 12th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft.

Grandal slid down the draft chart and was rumored to be going to the Royals with the 4th pick. Grandal was a teammate of Yonder Alonso at Miami and is a switch-hitter who led his team with an average of .412 in 59 games and 201 at-bats in 2010. His numbers included 14 homers, 56 RBI's, 23 doubles, and a .760 slugging percentage. The stats that stand out most to me are his .537 OBP and how he's strong behind the plate with a .978 career fielding percentage! I just bruced myself...

Do you guys like or dislike this pick? I know we selected Devin Mesoraco in 2007 with our first pick but I like the Grandal pick. Mesoraco is 22 and came straight out of high school when Grandal is 21 and has three years of college experience. However, Mesoraco was hitting .335 with 10 homers and 31 RBI's in only 43 games before being moved up recently to Carolina.

Scouts say Grandal is close to being major league ready and the Reds have had some success drafting guys out of big name colleges over the last couple years (i.e. Mike Leake, Yonder Alonso, Drew Stubbs). Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan are getting older and they're not the future. One of these two guys will be starting for the Reds by 2012 in my opinion. With plenty of good arms sitting in the wings in Louisville I see this as a great pick.

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