Yasmani Grandal - C
Weight: 210 lbs.
Scout's report filed: 4/16-4/18/10
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.