Yasmani Grandal Breakdown
The Cincinnati Reds stuck to their mantra and took the best available player with their first-round pick in the 2010 amateur draft.
That player was Yasmani Grandal, a catcher out of the University of Miami.
Though the Reds selected catcher Devin Mesoraco with their first pick in the 2007 draft, Grandal sliding into their hands was something they could not refuse.
Grandal is the second University of Miami player the Reds have used a first-round pick on in the last three years. Cincinnati took first baseman Yonder Alonso with their opening-round pick in 2008.
As a junior at Miami, the switch-hitting Grandal batted .412 in 59 games with 14 home runs, 56 RBIs and a .537 on-base percentage.
Grandal was named the 2010 ACC Player of the Year as well as a semifinalist for USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award.
Grandal was a 27th-round pick by the Boston Red Sox out of high school, however he elected not to sign and to instead play for the Hurricanes.
Like Grandal, 36 of the Reds 50 picks were college players. One reason for this is that college players generally receive smaller signing bonuses than high school players. Teams also have a better idea of what they're getting with a college player as opposed to a high-schooler.
Because of his pure ability, Grandal is a guy that is expected to move up the ranks fairly quickly. Only time will tell.