There have been few players who are as polarizing to Dodger fans as Yasmani Grandal. After all, he was traded for a fan favorite by those who valued style over substance and was a locker room cancer to say nothing of his poor defense. It seems that some value primma donnas and the fact that Yasmani Grandal can not walk on water has hurt his perception. Well, that and the fact than many oldtimes do not believe that pitch-framing is a “thing.”
Even Ray Charles can see what pitch framing accomplishes. I refuse to engage in a debate about it because, as much as you may not believe or like it, until electronic balls and strikes is implemented, it will continue to be a “Thing.” It’s reality, and, that infuriates the Grandalaphobes who are, coincidently also FAZaphobes. They think that “framing” is silly and irrational, when in fact, something else is silly and irrational. Get over it. Embrace reality – pitch framing is here to stay… until computers take over baseball… which is close!
Fangraphs says this:
Framing pitches is a very important part of catching, and we have an idea that the best catchers are worth 15 to 25 runs above average per season.
Oh sure, you can find an article to support your position that pitch framing is not a thing, but there are fifty that say you are wrong. Next to Buster Posey, Yasmani may be the best framer in the NL… maybe all of baseball. Some think he is the best in baseball.. Sons of Sam Horn rates Grandal the #1 pitch framer in the game. Whether he is, depends upon a lot of things – some objective, some subjective. At least, he is in the conversation.
- Fox Sports Rates him the 6th best catcher in baseball.
- ESPN ranks him the #4 best catcher in baseball.
- Others rank him #10 or lower.
Think what you want, but I believe 2017 will be Yasmani Grandal’s breakout season. Yeah, I know he hit 27 HR last year – he will hit more in 2017!
Yasmani is working on his diet, strength and conditioning (detect a trend?) and has worked on re-tooling his RH swing all winter. He might blast 40 HR this year. He might even hit cleanup! I think he will an All-Star.
By the way: That’s my son with Clayton. Clayton was a rookie (so was my son). This son:
Bleacher Report rates the Top 100 Players for 2017. Barely missing the Top 100 were Rich Hill and Zack Greinke. Anyone wanna’ bet who has the best ERA this year?
- #100 – Kenley Jansen
- #76 – Yasmani Grandal
- #54 – Joc Pederson (ahead of Ryan Braun)
- #53 – Justin Turner
- #13 – Corey Seager
- #2 Clayton Kershaw
You know who’s #1!