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Yasmani Grandal (Perfect Game USA)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Yasmani Grandal
Position:Catcher
School:Miami Springs, Fla.
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:11/08/88
Height:6'2"
Weight:205 lbs.
Bats:Both
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):04/23/07
Game(s):Miami High
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Hitting Ability:There is a question to how much he'll hit at the next level. He guesses a lot and gives away the outer half of the plate. Right now, he's got a non-professional swing. He hit only left-handed in this game, though he took swings right-handed during batting practice.
Power:Grandal does have some power potential, moreso from the left side of the plate, though his swing is longer from that side. His stroke from the right side is quicker, but doesn't produce as much power.
Running Speed:He's a catcher and running isn't a part of his game.
Arm Strength:Graded on pure strength, Grandal wouldn't get a plus mark. But he's got a good arm and a very quick release, making the entire "arm strength" package a plus.
Arm Accuracy:Grandal is extremely accurate with his throws. That, combined with his quick release, make him very difficult to run on.
Fielding:Grandal has excellent catching skills. He has good hands and centers the ball well.
Range:He has very quick feet and moves very well behind the plate.
Physical Description:Grandal is a strong, athletic backstop.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:A tremendous defensive package. He's a leader behind the plate, moves his feet well, has good hands, throws well. You name it, he can do it behind the plate.
Weaknesses:His bat is behind his glove. If he can make adjustments, there is some potential there, but there are definite holes in his swing.
Summary:Grandal is one of the, if not the, best defensive catcher in the draft class. He does everything well behind the plate, from throwing to handling pitchers. Unfortunately, his bat is behind his glove. The switch-hitter has some skills, but also has some holes. How much teams think they can fix that could help determine Grandal's ultimate draft status.