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Yasmani Grandal
Birthdate: 11/8/1988 (28 y, 4 m, 21 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/215     Position: C
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 12, Overall: 12, Team: Cincinnati Reds
Contract: $5.5M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Grandal went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's Cactus League win over the Reds. (3/14/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Death. Taxes. Yasmani Grandal will never win a batting title. The Yasmanian Devil put up a monster home run pace that would've ranked among the game's best had he not rested every fourth day. He always had power, but he really cranked it up a notch in 2016. Given the league-wide power surge, it's hard to make much of a home run-to-fly ball rate that clocked in more than 10 percentage points better than his career mark. Improvements to his batted ball peripherals validate his gains, but this author is reluctant to buy fully into them. Regardless, Grandal projects to be one of the game's premier power threats behind the dish. He's cut from the same cloth as Russell Martin and Brian McCann — all power, no average — but playing-time concerns render him slightly less valuable than his contemporaries. (In OBP leagues, as part of one of baseball's best offenses, he could be the best of the three despite fewer plate appearances.) The trio's average draft positions (ADPs) are all similar, so you'll either get Grandal at a discount (if you think the power is real) or at slightly above cost (if you are wrong). Regardless, his price isn't outrageous, and he has established a nice floor for himself the past three years, making it hard to consider him a bad buy. He's a top-10 catcher. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: Grandal's typical 25-homer power suddenly became 35-homer power in 2016. His peripherals support the bump, but it coincided with the league's power spike so it's hard to know if it was legitimate or sustainable. Regardless of your take, his floor plus upside makes him an easy top-10 pick behind the dish.

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