Grandal Finds A Home
Posted Jun. 7, 2010 7:11 pm by John Manuel
Filed under: Draft Day
This draft continues to trend toward college players as the Reds select Yasmani Grandal, a switch-hitting catcher batting .412/.537/.730 with 14 home runs and a 55-37 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Grandal had a huge season for Miami, and the Reds' scouting department has some strong ties to south Florida.
Grandal's defense is the question. He's a solid receiver, but we had mixed reports on Grandal's throwing arm, with some reports of 2.1-second pop times. If the Reds can sign Grandal for money closer to Tony Sanchez (last year's No. 4 selection) rather than Buster Posey (2008's No. 6 selection), they'll get good value at No. 12.
The White Sox at No. 13 have been linked to college pitchers all spring, and the best available are Chris Sale, Brandon Workman, Asher Wojciechowski and Alex Wimmers.
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