Tag:Yasmani Grandal
Posted on: June 8, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Grandal had no pre-draft deal


Leading up to Monday night's first round of the MLB Draft, AOL Fanhouse's Frankie Piliere reported that there was a deal done between Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Kansas City Royals. By Monday, word was the Royals weren't taking Grandal and when the picked fourth, they took Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon.

Grandal went 12th to the Cincinnati Reds.

On Tuesday, Grandal told reporters in Cincinnati, “I didn’t have any pre-draft deals. I had no clue what was going on. I don’t know where the rumor started. I didn’t speak the Royals or anybody.”

Grandal also denied reports that he was seeking "Buster Posey money" and he had signability issues.

"For the Reds to give me an opportunity, to be picked in the first round, it’s just great. I’m ready to go," Grandal said.

Grandal was 1-for-3 with two RBI in Miami's 10-3 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans



Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:24 am
 

Harper among Golden Spikes finalists

Last night's No. 1 pick, Bryce Harper, is up for another honor, although one much less lucritive: the Golden Spikes Award, givien to the nation's top collegiate player.

Harper is one of five finalists, and the only junior college player honored.

The other four players named as finalists by USA Baseball are Central Florida infielder/outfielder Chris Duffy, Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, left-hander Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss and Florida Gulf Coast lefty Chris Sale. Duffy is the only one not to be drafted in the first 13 picks.

Pomeranz went fifth overall to the Indians, Grandal 12th to Cincinnati and Sale 13th to White Sox.

Keeping with the siliness of the era, USA Baseball is opening up voting to fans at www.GoldenSpikesAward.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 8:26 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Reds living up to their name

Cincinnati doesn't have much in common with Cuba, but the island has recently produced several Reds.

Yasmani Grandal is the latest. The Reds took Grandal with the 12th overall pick in the draft. Grandal is a switch-hitting catcher from the University of Miami, but he came to the United States from Cuba when he was 10, grew up in Miami, became a star with the Hurricanes and was a first-round pick for the Reds. That story is very similar to the Reds' 2008 top pick, first baseman Yonder Alonso.

Like Alonso, signability could be a question for Grandal. Alonso signed with minutes left before the deadline in 2008, finally signing a major-league deal.

Alonso was also born in Cuba. The Reds, of course, also have Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman pitching in Triple-A Louisville.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 6:03 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2010 6:29 pm
 

Some college players could be distracted

The MLB Draft begins at 7 p.m. Eastern, the same time as three NCAA Regional finals -- Alabama-Georgia Tech, Auburn-Clemson and Texas A&M-Miami. Two more games will have already started (St. John's-Virginia and Vanderbilt-Louisville) and two more will start after the draft begins (Washington State-Arkansas and Minnesota-Cal State Fullerton).

Think there may be some distracted players in those dugouts?

As the Mobile Press-Register's Gentry Estes points out , some, like Georgia Tech starter Deck McGuire won't have to worry about it -- because he pitched on Saturday. But others, like Alabama shortstop Josh Rutledge could be thinking about something other than who is covering second on a steal.

While the NFL and NBA drafts are done months after the conclussion of their season, the MLB Draft comes at an inopportune time for players thinking about their professional futures while playing in the most important games of their college careers.

Others playing tonight with a chance to get drafted are Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox, Arkansas outfielder/pitcher Brett Elbner and Minnesota catcher Michael Kvasnicka.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


 
 
 
 
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