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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Tough sign, but if they don't sign him and take the pick next year, I'm OK with that.

    Wonder if this ends the Soto experiment?
    Because having too many good young catchers is a bad thing?
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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Reds Fanatic View Post
    Link to a scouting report on Grandal:

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    Yasmani Grandal - C
    Miami, Jr.
    Birthdate: 7/18/89
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 210 lbs.
    Bats: Both
    Throws: Right
    Scout's report filed: 4/16-4/18/10

    Scouting Report
    Hitting ability: Strong and physical, Grandal has put up numbers this year, but his hitting overall does not grade out that well. He doesn't have great bat speed

    Power: He has a good amount of raw power, though it's not quite plus.

    Running speed: He is a well below average runner.

    Base running: It's not a part of his game.

    Arm strength: His pure grade would be just okay, and his release times aren't great, but he's fairly accurate.

    Fielding: He's been strong defensively in the past but doesn't always move his feet well.

    Range: He's not the most agile backstop; he's been seen doing better in the past.

    Physical Description: Grandal is a big, strong, physical backstop, kind of like a Damon Berryhill type.

    Medical Update: Healthy.

    Strengths: Good raw power as a switch-hitter; has answered some questions about his bat with his numbers this season; has a solid reputation as a defender.

    Weaknesses: Despite a good reputation, his individual defensive tools, other than his arm, don't grade out that well. Lack of bat speed has some concerned about hitting ability.

    Summary: Grandal has been on radars since high school, when he opted for the University of Miami rather than the Red Sox. He's come through with his best offensive season at the right time, with consistent production at the plate moving him up Draft boards in a hurry. He's a switch-hitter with some pop, but some worry about his ability as an overall hitter. Defensively, he has a good reputation, but he does need work on things like his footwork. With college catchers always in high demand, Grandal's numbers this spring could very well result in him being the first catcher off the board in the first round.
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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Tough sign, but if they don't sign him and take the pick next year, I'm OK with that.

    Wonder if this ends the Soto experiment?
    I think so.

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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Tough sign, but if they don't sign him and take the pick next year, I'm OK with that.
    Exactly. I think they offer him <$3MM, and stay strong. Plus, it allows the organization more time to see if Mesoraco can continue to hit at AA, or if Soto can stay behind the plate (and hit).

    I think he'll blink at the last minute and sign. If he doesn't I'm fine with the extra pick next year.

    I am very pleased with this scenario.
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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Grandal is on ESPNU right now playing a game vs A&M, they paused the game to tell him he got drafted.
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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    You can't have too many Catchers and Shortstops.

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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Grandal also seems to be a high OBP guy.
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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Tough sign, but if they don't sign him and take the pick next year, I'm OK with that.

    Wonder if this ends the Soto experiment?
    I really think that is the plan. I look for them to not sign him and use the pick next year where it is a deeper draft. We will have to wait and see if he signs.

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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by NorrisHopper30 View Post
    Grandal is on ESPNU right now playing a game vs A&M, they paused the game to tell him he got drafted.
    Looks like he's all smiles.

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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

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    Looks like he's all smiles.
    He seemed extremely excited when his manager showed him the text.
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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Based on the scouting reports I dont see any reason to really get excited, am I missing something or this just a weak draft and his value is due to position?
    "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"

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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    He jumped up and down and did the Ickey Shuffle when they told him he was drafted.
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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Who's better defensively, Grandal or Harper?
    That hit was plenty fair. Atleast by a quarter of an inch.
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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Catching Chapman may be a major incentive for him.

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    Re: The Official (First) Draft Day Thread - 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by RBA View Post
    Looks like he's all smiles.
    Cool!


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