Grandal put up very similar offensive numbers this year to what Yonder Alonso put up in 2008 at Miami (and better numbers than Wieters had at Georgia Tech.) Assuming he can stay behind the plate (which most accounts say he can, although he'll never be above average defensively), what is not to love?
Remember when everyone was salivating over the idea of Yonder Alonso behind the plate? Well isn't this the opportunity to draft exactly that?
With the way Mesoraco seems to be progressing, the Reds could potentially have two top-flight catching prospects ready by 2012. That wouldn't be such a bad problem to have. Worst case scenario, they could move Grandal to 3B- where most scouts seem to think he could play.
Last edited by Benihana; 06-04-2010 at 12:49 PM.
Comps get tossed around too haphazardly on message boards. Even if a player truly resembles one before him, it means absolutely nothing in his development and likelihood of becoming a successful player.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
Law's latest (from today) has Cincy taking Grandal (also mentions Gary Brown and Colon) with Castellanos falling to 24.
Castellanos is falling because of signability. Family has money Dad a Doctor Mom is also a professional. Word is that it will take more than 4 million to get him to skip college so do not know many teams that want to pay that? Also according to Kevin Goldstein Grandal may not be a fit for the Reds because he has the same agent that Alonso has and they left on bad terms after Alonso signed. Goldstein made the comment on his latest mock has Reds taking Vitek. Have no idea on how to link but his mock can be found at
Keith Law still has the Reds taking Grandal. He also states, "I'm only hearing them on college players, including Colon and Gary Brown."
Per Zack Links via MLBTraderunors.com via Frank Piliere of Fan House .com want to make sure all who broke the news get credit. Grandal and the Royals have reached agreement. So he goes fourth and another player drops into the Reds laps. Who will it be?
Interesting, given the rumor that he was floating a huge bonus number.Grandal and the Royals have reached agreement. So he goes fourth and another player drops into the Reds laps. Who will it be?
Grandal's been considered a guy who'd go top 10 anyway, so this doesn't suggest a more elite player will drop to the Reds. Received wisdom was that the Royals would take a college arm (Pomeranz or Sale), so maybe it means a college arm drops, like Deck McGuire. But this is idle speculation, and I think it's fairly certain there will be a couple surprises before the Reds pick anyway.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
Bryce Brentz... please, please, please, please........
2010 Mock Draft Selections (picking for Rays)
From Frankie Piliere:
Piliere also has the Reds selecting Deck McGuire in his updated mock draft.McGuire the Odd Man Out
The player most impacted by Yasmani Grandal going to the Royals is probably Deck McGuire. Grandal pushes Drew Pomeranz to the Indians, and Chris Sale to the Diamondbacks. Arizona was McGuire's most likely landing spot. But, now with Houston zoning in on Josh Sale, and San Diego likely going with Choice or Vitek, it could push McGuire all the way to the the Reds, who would be very happy to take him. Alex Wimmers and Christian Colon are still under serious consideration for the Reds as well.
I miss Adam Dunn.
How would most folks feel if the Reds took McGuire?