Monday, June 7, 2010

Reds Select Catcher Yasmani Grandal With First Pick Of 2010 Draft

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley today
announced the selection of switch-hitting C Yasmani Grandal (6-2, 210) from the University of
Miami (FL) with their first pick (12th overall) of the 2010 first-year player draft.

The Reds will select their second player with the draft’s 62nd overall pick tomorrow, when
Round 2 begins at noon. The fi rst 30 rounds will be completed tomorrow. Rounds 31-50 are scheduled for Wednesday.

Grandal, 21, is the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and a semifi nalist for
the prestigious USA Baseball Golden Spikes and Johnny Bench Awards.

In one of the most successful offensive seasons in school history, in 59 appearances so far
for the Hurricanes Grandal is hitting .412 with 23 doubles, 1 triple, 14 HR, 56 RBI, a .730 slugging percentage and a .537 on-base percentage.

He finished the ACC schedule ranked among the leaders in almost every statistical category,
and his .994 fielding percentage is one of the best in the nation at his position.

The Hurricanes, top seeded in the NCAA tournament’s Coral Gables Regional, tonight are
scheduled to play No. 2 seed Texas A&M for the regional championship.



Buckley quotes:

“All week we didn’t think Yasmani would get down to us.  We just didn’t think we could pass it.  A switch-hitting catcher with power from both sides of the plate, very polished.  We’re excited to get him.”

“It’s such a hard position to find.  There are so few everyday-catchers across the minor leagues or even in the major leagues, that we didn’t think we could pass him.”

“He’s a plus-thrower.  He threw out 40% of the runners this year at the University of Miami.”


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