Hmmm, I wonder if they were hoping to take Deck McGuire and Grandal was Plan B.
Grandal moves well behind the plate and is an adequate receiver. He shows solid footwork but could stand to clean-up his catch-and-throw skills a bit, gunning down just over 20% of would-be-basestealers last spring. With average arm strength and accuracy a tick below, I have his pop times hovering around 2.12. Like most amateur catchers, he'll need to improve on his game calling as a pro.
Doug, how is Mesoraco's defense? I know he's broken out as a hitter this year (at least when he was in high-A) but how is his defense behind the plate? I notice he DHs a lot.
Matter of fact, look at Alonso's swing:
YouTube - Yonder Alonso of the Cincinnati Reds
and the look at Grandal's:
YouTube - Yasmani Grandal (7-4-2009) USA vs Guatemala
Pretty damn similar.
Yeah thats the only other report I've seen, and thats what most people are basing this pick on.
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Anyone notice that in his final mock draft (Mock 4.0) Keith Law projected that Grandal would go 4th overall to KC? We might have gotten pretty good value for the #12 pick.
He's going to have to play himself off catcher, and his play will have to be decisively bad.
Don't see him moving.
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the Reds didn't draft him to move him off catcher. They have enough guys seemingly without a position
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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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I agree he's not moving off of catcher anytime soon (or probably ever).
Don't love this pick at all, as I would have perferred the pitcher Sale regardless of arm slot questions. I just don't see anything on tape or in the reports that are blowing me away about this kid. Plus his slary demands are reported to be in the neighborhood of Buster Posey. Doesn't seem like a good mix to me. Worst that could happen is the Reds get this pick again in a deeper draft next season.
I could be wrong and I hope I am, this is why scouts are scouting and I am typing on a message board. The Reds most know something I don't on this one.
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