DOB: 11/8/1988 (29 years old)
6-2, 210 pound switch-hitter
Born in Havana, Cuba
College: University of Miami: He was the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and finished second for the Golden Spikes Award behind Bryce Harper.
Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2010
On December 17, 2011, he was traded by Cincinnati, along with Edinson Vólquez, Yonder Alonso, and Brad Boxberger, to the San Diego Padres for Mat Latos.
Major League debut: June 2, 2012, for the San Diego Padres
In his first major-league start, just hours after being recalled from Tucson on June 30, 2012, Grandal became the first player in MLB history to homer from both sides of the plate for his first career hits in the same game.
Grandal has been the best framer in the game, worth 8.7 runs saved above average according to StatCorner and 7.7 runs according to Baseball Prospectus. His glove was worth 24 framing runs above average last year, a career best.
According to Statcast data, Grandal has received 181 pitches out of the zone called as strikes, while 106 pitches in the zone he has received have been called as balls. That’s a +75 differential.
In 2018, Grandal had a .994 fielding percentage.