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University of Miami Athletics
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Yasmani Grandal

position

Catcher

Height

6-2

Weight

210 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Miami, Fla.

High School

Miami Springs HS

PERSONAL ACCOLADES
• 2010 Collegiate Baseball Preseason First Team All-America
• Member of the 2009 USA Baseball National Team
• 2009 All-ACC Second Team
• Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 27th round of the 2007 MLB Draft
• 2008 NCAA Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament Team

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
One of the country’s top catchers, garnering 2010 preseason All-America honors … Started 83 games behind the plate in his first two seasons, including 47 starts at catcher (and 10 at DH) last year … Strong defensive catcher with a .978 career fielding percentage … Is Miami’s top power threat, homering once every 13.9 at-bats in his career … In his two seasons in Coral Gables, has 23 homers and 73 RBI in 97 career games … Played on Team USA’s championship team at the 2009 World Baseball Challenge.

SOPHOMORE SEASON – 2009
• His 16 homers in 2009 led the Hurricanes, led all ACC catchers and ranks third among all returning ACC players
• Ranked second on the team in slugging percentage (.599) and total bases (118)
• Improved his batting average 65 points (.234 to .299) and his slugging percentage 147 points (.452 to .599) from his freshman to sophomore years
• Hit .338 (24-for-71) over UM’s last 20 games
• Led the team with a .686 slugging percentage and ranked third with a .324 average in Atlantic Coast Conference play
• Recorded a career-high six RBI in win over Bethune-Cookman on May 9
• Had 17 mult-hit games – including six in Miami’s last 12 games – and 11 multi-RBI games
• Recorded 15 hits over UM’s last nine regular season league contests
• Ranked third on the team with 45 RBI
• Homered once every 12.3 at-bats
• Led the `Canes with a 1.081 OPS overall and a 1.127 OPS in ACC play
• Had first career two-homer game in win at No. 7 Virginia (3/22)
• Started 47 games at catcher and 10 at DH
• Had the third lowest strikeout total among all regular starters last season
• Hit .667 (8-for-12) with eight run scored and two RBI in a three game series at Wake Forest (5/14-5/16)
• Hit .250 in February (4-for-16), .324 in March (23-for-71), .204 in April (11-for-54) and .389 in May (21-for-54)

FRESHMAN SEASON – 2008
• Named to the NCAA Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament Team
• Started 33 games behind the plate, including 15 of UM’s final 16 games
• Hit 69 points higher in ACC play than in the non-conference (.279-to-.210), but hit five of his seven homers against teams outside of the ACC
• Committed just six errors in 323 chances behind the plate (.981 fielding percentage)
• All four mult-hit games came in a span of 18 days (March 19 to April 5)
• Posted five hits in the Clemson series (4/4-6) and had a career-best 4-for-5 day with four RBI and three runs scored on April 5
• One of the three UM players that hit two homers in the ACC Tourney (5/21-25), hitting solo shots against Clemson (5/21) and Georgia Tech (5/22)
• Tied for second on the team with fellow catcher Jason Hagerty in recording eight RBI during NCAA postseason play
• Committed just one errror (Georgia Tech – 5/22) in UM’s final 16 games
• Started 12 ACC games at catcher; Had a hit in nine of those 12 games
• Caught 10 of 35 attempted base-stealers
• Hit .250 in February (1-for-4), .258 in March (8-for-31), .320 in April (8-for-25), .171 in May (7-for-41) and .217 in June (5-for-23)

PREP CAREER
• Played for Phill Wisser at Miami Springs
• Rated the No. 19 high school prospect nationally by Baseball America
• Named Miami Herald’s Class 6A Hitter of the Year in 2007
• Named an AFLAC High School All-American and a second team ABCA/Rawlings High School All-American
• Hit .447 with 48 RBI and 13 HRs in 2007, leading all Miami-Dade hitters
• Named All-Dade County three straight years and all-state in 2006 and 2007
• Led MSHS to the regional semifinals (2007) and quarterfinals (2006)
• Hit .461 with 29 RBI as junior and .433 with 25 RBI as a sophomore

PERSONAL
• Son of Maria and Elieser Gomez
• Has a younger sister Victoria Gomez
• Majoring in Business Mangament