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9 Yasmani Grandal C
Height/Weight: 6-2/225 | Birthdate: 11/8/1988 | Birthplace: Havana, Cuba | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 92/82 | Average Draft Position: 229.27
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Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal still reaching base consistently


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:03 pm ET) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is on an interesting run. He has gotten at least one hit in every other game since May 8 and is hitless in the others.

The bottom line is a 7-for-28 stretch that has lowered his batting average from .307 to a still-strong .287. Grandal has been among the pleasant surprises for the Dodgers with a fine .402 on-base percentage. He has 20 walks in 101 at-bats.


Dodgers' Andre Ethier, Yasmani Grandal not in lineup on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is resting a number of regulars on Saturday against the Rockies. Included in that group is right fielder Andre Ethier and catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Ethier has started 17 of the last 19 games in right field for the Dodgers, and he's been hot at the plate lately. Over his last 10 games, Ethier is hitting .343 with a home run and five RBI. Scott Van Slyke is making the start in right field on Saturday.

Grandal meanwhile has started five straight games behind the plate, so Mattingly will give his legs a rest. A.J. Ellis will catch Zack Greinke against the Rockies. 

"A.J. hasn't been playing a whole lot lately," Mattingly said to MLB.com. "I'm trying to get him in there against left-handers as much as I can. I never worry about A.J. as a [good] teammate. I just want to make sure he doesn't feel slighted. He'll be a bigger part of the mix in the next section of games, when we have day after night, and travel."


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal stays hot at the plate on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Catcher Yasmani Grandal was part of the run-scoring explosion on Tuesday, as the Dodgers routed the Marlins 11-1. Grandal chipped in a pair of singles, while driving in two and scoring two runs on the evening.

Grandal is red-hot at the plate right now, as he owns a ridiculous .500/.590/.900 batting line over his last 10 games, with three of his four home runs this season coming in that stretch. His season batting average is up to .309 as he continues to get regular playing time behind the plate. 


Dodgers' Grandal, Ethier, Uribe out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, right fielder Andre Ethier and third baseman Juan Uribe are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Rockies.

Grandal has been red hot in May, raising his average from .189 to .307 in a span of seven games, but he'll get a second straight day off Sunday after Saturday's game was postponed. A.J. Ellis will start behind the plate.

The Dodgers are heavy road favorites (-185) Sunday.


Dodgers' Grandal homers twice, totals eight RBI in 14-4 win Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal haunted the Brewers pitching staff during a 14-4 rout Thursday. Grandal had a career-high eight RBI in Thursday's win.

"You're on a new team, and you just want to do good, you want to belong here and turn it around at some point," Grandal said, per MLB.com "[Manager Don Mattingly] just said, you know the numbers will be there. Just relax and play."

Grandal started his afternoon with a one-out single in the first inning, which produced no runs. He then walked in the third and fifth innings before driving home two runs with a single in the sixth inning. He added a three-run homer in the eighth inning before hitting another three-run homer in the ninth inning.

"Yaz has got a really good eye, and he sees the ball good," Mattingly said. "He's got to use that and attack. He's a little like Joc. He's got to use the whole field."

He finished the afternoon 4 for 4 with three runs and two walks. Grandal's previous career high was five RBI. He has had just three multiple home run games in his career.

Grandal's eight RBI are the most for a Dodger since James Loney had nine in 2006. He entered play Thursday with just two home runs and four RBI in his first 22 games.


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal in, A.J. Ellis out Thursday vs. MIL


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Catcher Yasmani Grandal was back in the Dodgers' starting lineup, batting second for Thursday's matinee against the Brewers. Grandal was rested on Wednesday after starting five of the team's previous six games. Grandal has been hitting the ball well lately, going 10 for his last 35 with a home run and four doubles. 

He has been sharing the catching duties with A.J. Ellis, who was out of the lineup on Thursday.


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal remains on roll in Monday loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal expressed hope after slugging a homer Sunday that his slump was over.

Apparently it is.

Grandal mashed three more hits Monday night in Milwaukee, including a double. He has seven hits in his last nine at-bats as his average has skyrocketed from .179 to .262, its highest point of the season. He has an extra-base hit in each of his last three games.


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal hopes he's over recent slump


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) After hitting a walk-off home run to defeat the Diamondbacks on Sunday, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said he hopes recent changes to his approach are starting to pay off, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"I've been trying to be more aggressively lately," he said.

Along with a shoulder issue, Grandal said his approach at the plate also led to his batting average dropping to .179 before raising it to .230.

"You have to look behind and who's hitting behind you," he said. "If you just get on first and you let the guy do his job, we're going to be good."


Yasmani Grandal leads off 13th inning with walk-off home run for Dodgers


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Yasmani Grandal led off the bottom of the 13th inning Sunday with a home run to break a scoreless game and send the Dodgers over the Diamondbacks.

Grandal entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning and stayed in to catch.

Diamondbacks reliever Evan Marshall (0-2) served up the walk-off blast.

Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Grandal has started seven of the last eight games behind the plate but will cede catching duties to A.J. Eliis Sunday. Third baseman Juan Uribe is back in the lineup as expected, while Alex Guerrero is in left field for a second straight game but has been moved up to the fifth spot in the order after batting eighth Saturday. It's the first time this season Guerrero has slotted higher than sixth.

The Dodgers are favorites (-145) against the Diamondbacks Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Dodgers drop struggling Yasmani Grandal to seventh Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal was dropped from fifth in the batting order to seventh in the team's new-look lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.

Manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that he spoke with Grandal last weeked about simplifying his approach at the plate in order to help kickstart his offense, MLB.com reports.

"I told him to simplify -- get good pitches, hit the ball hard," Mattingly said. "We'll try to move him a little bit to get to that. If we can simplify, he'll be fine. I feel like he's trying really hard."

Grandal has hit just .196/.317/.294 with one home run and two RBI in 51 at-bats coming into Wednesday's game.


Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis in the starting lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is in the starting lineup and batting eighth Wednesday against the Giants, pushing Yasmani Grandal to the bench.

Ellis will make just his fifth start of the year and is hitting .143 with a double in 14 at-bats this season. 


Dodgers' Puig, Crawford, Grandal, Uribe out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, left fielder Carl Crawford, catcher Yasmani Grandal and third baseman Juan Uribe are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies.

Puig was able to return from a tight hamstring Saturday and go 2 for 3 with a walk, but manager Don Mattingly said that the outfielder had a noticeable limp while playing nine innings. Crawford is out of the lineup for the second straight day due to illness. Uribe and Grandal are sitting for the first time in four games.

With several starters sidelined, Justin Turner will bat second and play third base, Andre Ethier will bat fifth and start in right field, Scott Van Slyke will start in left field and bat sixth and A.J. Ellis will start behind the plate and bat eighth against Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler.

Despite the multiple absences, the Dodgers are heavy favorites (-165) Sunday.


Dodgers' Juan Uribe, Justin Turner remain out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Dodgers infielders Juan Uribe (hamstring) and Justin Turner (finger) are not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners.

With both players still dealing with injury, Alex Guerrero, who went 3 for 5 with one home run and four RBI Sunday, will get another start at third base and bat sixth against Mariners lefty James Paxton.

The Dodgers are also keeping shortstop Jimmy Rollins, catcher Yasmani Grandal and left fielder Carl Crawford out of the starting lineup Monday. Darwin Barney will play shortstop and bat leadoff, Scott Van Slyke will man left field and bat fifth and A.J. Ellis will be behind the plate and bat eighth.


Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal gets first start Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal drew his first start of the season Tuesday against the Padres after A.J. Ellis started in Monday's season opener. Grandal did not get into Monday's game.

Grandal hit .203 (12 for 59) with one home run, three doubles, five RBI, five walks and 15 strikeouts in 20 spring games.


A.J. Ellis gets the start in opener with Clayton Kershaw pitching


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis drew the start in Monday's season opener against the Padres over catcher Yasmani Grandal with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound. Ellis could end up as Kershaw's personal catcher since the duo have had good success in the past.

Yasmani Grandal seeking a fresh start with the Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Yasmani Grandal is looking for a fresh start with the Dodgers, after a tumultuous tenure with the Padres, according to FOX Sports. Clayton Kershaw, the ace of the staff, has a strong relationship with A.J. Ellis, but when asked about Grandal's past issues with San Diego, he said: "I haven't seen any of that. The only thing you want in a catcher is that he works. He does that. He's a hard worker. Not only with catching, the physical part of it, but the mental side. He knew what I did before I even talked to him.

"There are obviously some growing pains, getting to know a catcher. But he's been great. He's done everything you can ask for. Everyone always comes in with a reputation regardless. I just try to tune it out and judge for myself."

Grandal was acquired this offseason as the centerpiece in the trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego. The switch-hitting catcher, who is under club control through 2018, slashed .225/.327/.401 with 15 homers and 85 RBI in 2014. He posted a .795 OPS after the All-Star break last season.


Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal shows off power Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has been turning heads throughout spring training. Saturday, he continued to do damage at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a home run and three RBI.

"I always like to drive the ball the other way. In the offseason, that's what I worked on a lot instead of jumping at the ball right away," said Grandal to MLB.com. "A lot of my power is the other way."

Manager Don Mattingly said after the game that this is what they envisioned coming to the roster as a part of the Matt Kemp trade.

"That's what we saw late in the year last year," Mattingly said.


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal impressing early at camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has impressed at Camp Boomer, presided over by Dodgers coach Steve "Boomer" Yeager, MLB.com reports.

"I like what I see and what I hear from him," Yeager said. "It takes time to gain the respect of the pitching staff and teammates whenever a catcher comes from somewhere else, but some of them already know him. In the old Dodger tradition, we've welcomed him with open arms. He has come in with a good attitude; you don't have to go looking for him. He's right there, ready to go to work."

Grandal was acquired this offseason as the centerpiece in the trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego.

"In a short time, I've already learned a lot," Grandal said. "Getting to know the guys, catching bullpens, I'm getting a feel for how they throw. Everything comes with time. Once the games start [on Wednesday], it'll definitely come a little faster. I need to get to know what guys are looking for in a catcher, what their mentality is. Some guys like you to give them a pat on the back. With others, it's a different approach."

Grandal is expected to share time behind the plate with incumbent starter A.J. Ellis this season.


Dodgers unsure how Grandal, Ellis will split time


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Dodgers aren't sure how they'll platoon their two catchers, according to the Orange County Register.

A.J. Ellis has been the team's primary option the past few seasons, but the club brought in Yasmani Grandal during the offseason. While Grandal has a much higher offensive upside, it's unclear how much he'll play once the regular season begins. 

"There’s nothing going to come out of this camp where we’re going to say, ‘OK, this guy is going to start 72 percent of the time’" general manager Andrew Friedman said. "It’s going to be much more about Donnie (Mattingly) writing the lineup each and every day for what gives us the best chance to win that day."

Mattingly admitted that Grandal has "tremendous upside offensively," so it's possible he could lead that way more often. While Mattingly has indicated that he doesn't want to assign any personal catchers yet, there's a sense Ellis could be used when Clayton Kershaw is on the mound. 

Grandal hit .225/.327/.401 over 377 at-bats last year. Ellis hit .191/.323/.254 over 283 at-bats. 


Padres' Yasmani Grandal willing to lose playing time to help team


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) New Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said Monday he is willing to allow time to be split between he and A.J. Ellis if it means the team wins more this season.

"A.J. couldn't put it any better: He said, 'Whatever it takes to win,'" Grandal said. "If that day, A.J. is the man for the job behind the plate and we are going to get a win with A.J. behind the plate, that's going to be him. At the end of the day, if we get a ring, that's going to be a team win and we all have rings. Twenty years from now, I get to show that ring off and say, 'Hey, I won a World Series.'"

Grandal, who hit .225 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI for the Padres in 2014, was traded to Los Angeles in the offseason in exchange for Matt Kemp among other players.

"I think both teams got what they wanted," Grandal said. "The Dodgers were looking for a catcher. The Padres were looking for a big-time bat. That's what Kemp brought to the table and that's what I brought to the table."


Dodgers' Mattingly on catcher situation: 'We'll work it out'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he hasn't given much thought yet to how he is going to divide up playing time between catchers Yasmani Grandal and A.J. Ellis, per the Los Angeles Times.

Ellis, who started a team-high 89 games at catcher in 2014, has been the team's primary catcher since 2012. Grandal is in his first season with Los Angeles following an offseason trade with San Diego.

“Just knowing that Yasmani was a guy that at the end of the year, we didn’t really like being up there with men in scoring position. He’s got a big upside offensively we think, and really comfortable with him behind the plate," Mattingly said Wednesday. “What makes that easier for me is dealing with A.J. Talking to A.J. [Tuesday], knowing that could be a little bit of a sticky situation, his first response was, 'I just want to win.' That’ll work itself out.”

Mattingly added he is not looking to match up his catchers with certain starting pitchers.

“I’m not really comfortable any time we talk about just one guy catching that certain pitcher every time because that it really gets you caught in the middle,” Mattingly said. “I can’t say that I really favor that. The catching situation, we’ll work it out.”


Dodgers complete Matt Kemp deal with Padres


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Dodgers and Padres have agreed to a deal that will send outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. News that the deal had finally come together was first reported by Yahoo!

The trade has been in the works for some time, but was dependent on Kemp passing a physical. It was reported early Thursday that Kemp's physical revealed arthritic hips. The Padres had to to figure out insurance on the contract, which is why it took so long for the deal to go through.

Catcher Tim Federowicz will also head to San Diego in the deal. The Dodgers will send $32 million over as well. 

In return, Los Angeles is set to receive catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Joe Weiland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is expected to be flipped to Philadelphia for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

The 30-year-old Kemp hit .287/.346/.506 over 541 at-bats last year. Kemp is set to earn a little over $21 million in each of the next five seasons. 


Dodgers, Padres still in talks about Kemp-Grandal deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Padres continue to talk with the Dodgers about a trade involving outfielder Matt Kemp, as it appears San Diego is the most likely landing spot if Los Angeles decides to deal Kemp, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

One deal being discussed would involve the Dodgers receiving catcher Yasmani Grandal and starting pitcher prospect Zach Elfin, sources said.


Report: Padres' Grandal being offered in trade talks for Kemp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Padres are looking like the most likely destination for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to USA Today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale. The Padres are offering catcher Yasmani Grandal and another player in a deal for Kemp, who is still owed $107 million over the next five years.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported last week the Padres were one of three teams showing interest in Kemp. The other two were the Orioles and Mariners.