Yasmani Grandal
Yasmani Grandal
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For the second straight year, Grandal lost time to Austin Barnes down the stretch and into the playoffs, despite being one of the most productive backstops during the regular season. He won't have to worry about that this season after inking a one-year, $18.25 million deal with the Brewers. Grandal has cracked 73 homers the last three seasons, second most among all catchers, and his new home park could help him top his career high of 27 from 2016. Grandal's 23.9 K% and 18.8 Oppo% cap his average in standard leagues, but his 13.9 BB% pushes him up draft boards in OBP and points formats. Despite not being trusted in the playoffs, Grandal's glove grades out positive by most metrics (nine defensive runs saved). He's also among the most durable at the position, averaging 128 games the past five seasons, including a career-best 140 last year. Milwaukee is a dream landing spot, as it ensures a heavy workload with a park upgrade. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $16 million contract with the Brewers in January of 2019. Contract includes $16 million mutual option ($2.25 million buyout) for 2020.
Deal includes 2020 option
CMilwaukee Brewers
January 15, 2019
Grandal passed his physical Monday and officially signed with the Brewers on a one-year, $16 million contract that includes a $16 million mutual option for 2020, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
When Grandal and the Brewers first agreed in principle Jan. 9, initial reports suggested the catcher would sign a one-year, $18.25 million contract. Instead, it was clarified Monday that Grandal's deal will guarantee him at least $18.25 million, as the 2020 option contains a $2.25 million buyout if not exercised. The structure of the contract keeps the door open for Grandal to remain in Milwaukee for two years and earn $32 million in salary plus award-based incentives, but the 30-year-old will presumably be eager to test the market again next winter in pursuit of a longer-term deal. Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets earlier in the offseason before New York turned its attention to other catching options.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .724 325 26 10 36 0 .219 .349 .375
Since 2016vs Right .819 1132 138 63 162 3 .244 .328 .491
2018vs Left .727 131 13 4 17 0 .206 .344 .383
2018vs Right .844 387 52 20 51 2 .252 .351 .492
2017vs Left .668 98 6 2 7 0 .233 .320 .349
2017vs Right .790 384 44 20 51 0 .250 .305 .486
2016vs Left .780 96 7 4 12 0 .224 .385 .395
2016vs Right .824 361 42 23 60 1 .229 .327 .497
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Since 2016Home .894 717 92 44 117 2 .273 .357 .537
Since 2016Away .707 740 72 29 81 1 .205 .309 .398
2018Home .835 248 34 11 32 1 .251 .371 .464
2018Away .797 270 31 13 36 1 .232 .330 .468
2017Home .851 239 29 13 35 0 .289 .322 .529
2017Away .678 243 21 9 23 0 .202 .293 .385
2016Home .999 230 29 20 50 1 .278 .378 .621
2016Away .628 227 20 7 22 0 .177 .300 .328
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Where Grandal stands with the Dodgers' brass is unclear. After being the bell cow backstop for much of the season, a second-half swoon dropped him into a September platoon. In the playoffs, Grandal only started twice, pinch-hitting in another pair of games. The reason wasn’t defense as Grandal rated well with the leather. Unfortunately, he slumped at the same time Austin Barnes got hot, coinciding with the Dodgers needing an offensive spark. For the season, Grandal’s numbers were basically as expected, fueled by a .267/.319/.469 first half. Coming off a 2016 season with a career-best 25.2 percent HF/FB, he reverted to 17.7 percent. Grandal displayed marked platoon splits, unusual for a switch hitter, slashing just .233/.320/.349 versus southpaws. Grandal’s exit velocity and barrels dropped considerably from 2016, likely from his troubles with left-handers. Still just 29 years old, Grandal is too good to be a backup, plus Barnes is able to play other positions, so at a minimum, Grandal should play against right-handed pitching.
Grandal was having a great season until he got injured in 2015, so for 2016, he mixed things up and got injured, then had a great season. Grandal had a brutal beginning to his campaign, ending the month of June hitting .179/.292/.347 after playing through the pain of forearm, wrist, and foot injuries. And then, he got better. From July 1 to the end of the season he hit .267/.376/.581 with 20 homers, superb numbers for a catcher. At his best, Grandal controls the strike zone like few hitters and simply crushes the ball when he makes contact, though he's still whiff-prone with a 22.9 percent career strikeout rate. There's little doubt that Grandal is an excellent player with rare value in OBP leagues when healthy, the problem is he's not healthy very often and will frequently play through injuries, even if they hurt his numbers. He enters 2017 as the clear starter in L.A. at catcher, with only Austin Barnes behind him to get an occasional start against lefties.
Grandal entered the 2015 season in a tough spot with the "we got THIS guy as the centerpiece for Matt Kemp?" label firmly attached to fans' expectations. Grandal put those whispers firmly to rest in the first half of the season, batting a robust .282/.401/.526 and making his first All-Star appearance. It all went south after that however, as a sore left shoulder was likely a major contributor to an awful second half that saw Grandal hit a meager.162/.280/.215. It's unlikely that Grandal simply forgot how to hit, but he'll certainly enter 2016 with something to prove. Grandal underwent shoulder surgery in October, and while no definitive timetable is known, he should head to spring training fully healthy and in a position to be the team's Opening Day catcher. Given his first half heroics and second-half fade, Grandal could be a good buy low with the chance of huge rewards if he can stay consistent and healthy over the course of a full season. A forearm issue slowed him late in camp, and brings a little added risk to the table.
Strife characterized Grandal’s 2013 season, which was abbreviated due to a 50-game suspension to start the year and concluded with a gruesome ACL tear in July. While the injury legitimately threatened his Opening Night availability last season, he bucked all expectations and landed on the 25-man roster, making his first appearance behind the dish in the second game. As a precaution, the Padres carried three catchers well into May, but with no indication of a setback to Grandal’s right knee, Nick Hundley was dealt to the Orioles on May 24. The move provided Grandal and Rene Rivera with an equal share of the nods, but as the season wound on, the former garnered sporadic starts at first base due to Yonder Alonso’s season-ending forearm injury and to ease stress on Grandal’s surgically-repaired knee. Ultimately, Grandal worked his way into a near everyday role at first, which coincided with the end of his season-long battle with the Mendoza Line. Entering Aug. 24 with a miserable .204/.302/.376 line, he thereafter displayed his prowess at the plate, batting .283 with five home runs, 21 RBI, 19 runs scored, and a 20:35 BB:K in 130 at-bats. Traded to the Dodgers as part of the Matt Kemp deal in December, Grandal should benefit from having a more talented lineup around him in Los Angeles. Look for him to take over as the team's primary catcher.
After serving a 50-game suspension to start the year for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Grandal took over catching duties from Nick Hundley, fitting in 28 contests before sustaining a season-ending ACL tear in July. One month passed before Grandal underwent a full reconstruction of the ACL in his right knee, which typically requires 9-to-12 months in order to recover fully. Despite stated optimism that he'll be ready for spring training, the Padres ultimately have the final word on his rehab, and he's hardly a lock to be ready for Opening Day. In his absence, Hundley will continue to don a catcher's mask, with Rene Rivera acting as depth.
First the bad, Grandal was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance enhancing substance in November. Now the good, whatever price most owners were set to pay for him in 2013, this recent news likely slashes that in half, if not further. It's impossible to say what, if any, effect the substance that Grandal was using had on his 2012 performance. What we do know is that as a rookie, he showed a good eye at the plate and can hit for power as he hit .268/.368/.392 in one of the toughest venues for hitters, Petco Park. These numbers come from a small sample size (114 plate appearances) as he spent half of his 2012 season in the minors. How he'll spend his 2013 season will largely depend on how he responds to his suspension and how his teammates perform early on in his place, but there's reason to believe he'll reprise his role as the Padres' primary catcher after his 50-game absence.
The Reds were in an enviable position to have two high-ceiling catching prospects in the system in Grandal and Devin Mesoraco. That depth was leveraged with the acquisition of Mat Latos in December, which made Grandal the catcher of the future in San Diego. Grandal progressed from High-A to Triple-A at the end of last season, though an injured left hand ended a campaign in the Arizona Fall League. It may not take him long to supplant Nick Hundley with his new organization. He eventually projects as a high-average hitter with the potential to hit 20 homers at the major league level.
Many draft experts considered Grandal to be a potential top-five pick in last year's Rule 4 draft, but he slipped to the Reds at No. 12 overall due to signability concerns. For the second year in a row, the Reds broke ranks with recent history by going over slot to sign Grandal much like they did Yonder Alonso the year before. Grandal will be on the fast track for the Reds, as he can hit for both power and average and is considered to be a smooth defensive catcher. Devin Mesoraco will probably reach the majors before Grandal, but Grandal has the higher ceiling.
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Signs with Brewers
CMilwaukee Brewers
January 9, 2019
Grandal agreed to a one-year, $18.25 million deal with the Brewers on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Heads to free agency
CFree Agent
November 12, 2018
Grandal will decline the Dodgers' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer Monday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Receives qualifying offer
CFree Agent
November 2, 2018
Grandal was extended a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer by the Dodgers on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Not starting Game 5
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 28, 2018
Grandal isn't in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the World Series against Boston on Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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On bench again in Game 5
CLos Angeles Dodgers
October 17, 2018
Grandal is out of the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Wednesday.
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