A lot of armchair GM’s want Cincinnati Reds to trade away Yasmani Grandal to their teams. Of course they say Yonder Alonso first but then they slip in Yasmani’s name as if to try to pull a fast one on us. I thought we could take a look at this young catcher and see why so many of them really want him so badly.
Yasmani Grandal was drafted by Cincinnati in the 1st round (12th) of the 2010 June Amateur Draft. At 21 years old he played his first season with GCL Reds in the Arizona League. He finished with 8 games played, 28 AB, .286 BA, .394 OBP, and .321 SLG.
In 2011 he played for three teams, A+ Bakersfield Blaze, (California League) AA Carolina Mudcats, (Southern League) and AAA Louisville Bats. (International League) He finished with a total of 105 games, .305 BA, .401 OBP, .500 SLG and .901 OPS with 14 HR, 68 RBIs and 69 runs. With only 4 games played in AAA we can expect him to return next season and I really think he will get a call up to the Reds very soon if he keeps progressing the way he did in 2011. A full season at AAA should give us all a good look at why all of those armchair GM’s drool over his name and it might have them adding a little more than just a #3 starter to trade for him next season. I really hope this kids name does not even come off the lips of the Reds Front Office this offseason unless they are talking about what to buy him for Christmas.
I got a chance to watch the Arizona Fall League Championship game to see the future of Major League Baseball. One player that really caught my attention was David Nick who played for the Salt River Rafters representing Arizona Diamonbacks.
David went 2 for 5 in the game with one triple, 3 RBIs and one run to help the Rafters win the game 9 – 3 over Surprise Saguaros.
David Nick was drafted by the Arizona Diamonbacks in the 4th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. At age 19 in his first season he played 66 games for Missoula Osprey in the Pioneer League. He got a .286 average with a .350 OBP scoring 46 runs. 2010 he played for South Bend Silver Hawks in the Midwest League getting a .251 batting average in 128 games. In 2011 at 21 years old he played for Visalia Rawhide in the California League. He played in 132 games and finished with .300 BA, .342 OBP and .449 SLG scoring 99 runs and getting 13 homeruns. And of course in the Arizona Fall League for Salt River Rafters he finished with .298 BA, .352 OBP, .405 SLG and a .756 OPS scoring 13 runs and getting 25 hits with 84 at bats.
Of course many will say it is still way to early to tell how well this kid will do in Major League Baseball but I think he will do very well if he keeps doing what he did in 2011. After watching him play in the League Championship for the Arizona Fall League I will keep my eye on his future to see how well he does in 2012 and hopefully many more years to come.