Series Breakdown: Yasmani Grandal

For this series, I looked at Yasmani Grandal from June 29-July 2 as the Carolina Mudcats took on the Tennessee Smokies. Grandal went 3-12 with a double, HR and 4 strikeouts during the games covered. Here is how he fared, pitch by pitch in the series:

Pitch Type Location Result
Stance Notes
1 Change Up Middle Middle Takes Called Strike RH
2 Breaking Ball Low middle Takes Ball RH
3 Fastball Outside Middle Swings Foul Ball RH
4 Breaking Ball Low middle Swings Swinging Strike RH
5 Breaking Ball Middle Middle Takes Called Strike RH
6 Fastball Outside Middle Takes Ball RH
7 Change Up Outside Middle Takes Called Strike RH
8 Breaking Ball Outside Middle Swings Foul Ball RH
9 Breaking Ball Outside Low Swings Groundout 3B RH
10 Fastball Outside Middle Takes Called Strike RH
11 Fastball Outside Middle Takes Called Strike RH
12 Fastball Inside Middle Takes Ball RH
13 Breaking Ball Outside low Takes Ball RH
14 Fastball Outside Low Swings Foul Ball RH
15 Fastball Outside Low Swings Double off the wall in RCF RH
16 Fastball Outside Low Takes Ball LH
17 Fastball High Outside Takes Ball LH
18 Breaking Ball Low inside Takes Ball LH
19 Fastball Middle Outside Takes Called Strike LH
20 Fastball Middle Middle Swings Swinging Strike LH
21 Fastball Middle Outside Swings Foul Ball LH
22 Fastball Middle Inside Swings Groundout 2B LH
23 Fastball Middle Outside Swings Long foul ball LH
24 Breaking Ball Inside Middle Takes Called Strike LH
25 Breaking Ball Inside Low Swings Swinging Strike LH
26 Breaking Ball Outside Middle Swings Long foul ball LH
27 Camera Missed Swings GB Single to LF LH
28 Breaking Ball Ouside High Takes Ball LH
29 Fastball Outside Low Takes Ball LH
30 Fastball Inside Low Swings HR to Right Center LH 25 feet beyond the wall
31 Fastball Outside Low Swings Groundout SS RH
32 Fastball Middle low Swings Groundout SS RH
33 Fastball Way Outside Takes Ball LH
34 Breaking Ball Outside High Takes Ball LH
35 Fastball Outside Low Takes Called Strike LH
36 Breaking Ball Outside Middle Takes Ball LH
37 Fastball Outside Middle Swings Pop Foul to C LH
38 Change Up Inside Low Swings Swinging Strike LH
39 Breaking Ball Middle Low Takes Called Strike LH
40 Change Up Outside Low Swings Swinging Strike LH

Breakdown of the plate approach

Grandal took 21 pitches in the series, 12 were balls and 9 were called strikes. He swung at the ball 21 times in the series. The ball was put in play 8 times, fouled off 6 times and he missed 5 times. Two of the foul balls were hammered down the lines and his HR was a blast.

It is tough to say that there is a weakness to a certain pitch when he only saw 40 pitches in the series, but he did struggle against the change up in this one. It was only a total of four pitches, so you can’t really take much from it at all. Toss in the fact that he hits from both sides of the plate and he may have weaknesses from each side and it gets even more difficult to figure out in a small sample size. But, nothing really stood out as a glaring weakness as a pitch he can’t handle.

My overall impression was that he has some good pop in his bat when he barrels that ball up. As noted, his HR was pretty long and he did crush two foul balls. He looked pretty solid from both sides of the plate and I can see where scouts suggest he has more raw power from the left side than the right side. I think he still needs to work on his gameplan to approach each plate appearance, but that is to be expected at his age, especially at the level he is at compared to his age. He is patient to a fault at times, but was also very aggressive early in the count a few times on pitchers pitches.

I will be honest, I didn’t watch every inning that he caught in the games, but I did watch some of them. Defensively, he seems fine to me. His arm was solid and on target with an average to slightly above average pop time. Seems to have good movements behind the plate and the catching seemed good.

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