2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Yasmani Grandal
Greg Jewett dives deep into the numbers to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the new Brewers catcher during the 2019 MLB season.
Once again, as January ensues, the Brewers start to target players still caught in free agency limbo. Yasmani Grandal agreed to a one-year deal for just under 19 million dollars to be the bridge to Jacob Nottingham ’s arrival in Milwaukee. Knowing Miller Park profiles well for left-handed hitters, reference Christian Yelich last season if unsure, along with the lack of upside at catcher, and suddenly Grandal’s stock just rose.
After being written off last year in fantasy beneath the Austin Barnes hype train, Grandal appeared in 140 games with 65 runs, 24 home runs, 68 RBI, two stolen bases and a .241/.349/.466 slash line in 440 at-bats. For the third straight season his fly ball percentage rose reaching a career high 41.7 percent last season. Grandal also recorded career bests in hard hit rate (40.8 percent), pull percentage (48.3 percent) and O-Swing (chase percentage) reducing it by nine percent. As a segue to his three year averages, here’s Grandal’s progression in a...