Sunday, July 1, 2012
Custom Cards: Yasmani Grandal Record Breaker
Recalled from AAA Tuscan earlier in the day, Padres rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal set a Major League record by homering from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits. It was also the young backstop's first major league start.
Prior to the game, the switch-hitting Grandal had only one plate appearnce in the majors (a flyout, coming against the D-Backs on June 2). In Yasmani's first at-bat on Saturday, the prospect led off the top of the second by flying out to Rockies rightfielder Michael Cuddyer. Yamani's first big fly came from the right side of the plate in the top of the fourth off of Rockies starter Christian Friedrich. In his next plate appearance, Grandal set the record by taking Rockies righty Jeremy Guthrie to deep left field with one out in the sixth.
Grandal was one of the key pieces in the Padres-Reds off season deal in which pitcher Matt Latos was sent to Cincinnati. The Reds had two premier catching prospects in Grandal and twenty-four year old Devin Mesoraco, whom the Reds decided to keep. While scouts rate Mesoraco as the better of the two defensively, Grandal's bat is more advanced at this stage. It will be interesting to see which of the two turns out to be the better player at the major league level.