As we continue our series of profiles of Milwaukee Brewers that should make the All-Star Game, we take a look at the great season of newly acquired catcher Yasmani Grandal.
It could be said that the start of Yasmani Grandal‘s first season with the Milwaukee Brewers did not go as planned, but the switch hitting slugger has found his groove and is one of the finalists for the Mid-Summer Classic.
Grandal was one of the many power hitters on the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres in years past and could put fear inside of pitchers when up at the plate. During his four years in L.A., Grandal batted .238/.337/.453/.790 and had 89 home runs and 245 RBIs. He also spent thre years in San Diego, and had slash line of .254/.350/.412/.763 with 24 homers and 94 RBIs.
But we are not here to discuss his past stats, we are here to look at what he has done for the Milwaukee Brewers. We took a look at the All-Star case for reigning MVP, Christian Yelich, so now we take a dive into the case for the catcher in Milwaukee.
Under The Radar Success
As mentioned before, Grandal did not get off to a hot start to begin the season in the first few games but he has certainly picked up the slack. In the months of March and April, Grandal found himself sporting a slash line of .283/.356/.500/.856, had six home runs and 12 runs batted in.
The month of May saw some of the same stats from Grandal when it came to home runs and runs batted in. But he managed a .271 batting average, a .402 OBP, .565 slugging percentage and a .967 OPS. Still the success that Grandal was having was still being overlooked because of not being a really big house hold name.
The month of June saw a first from Grandal as a couple of games ago, he batted lead off against the Reds for the last two games of the series and homered in the bottom of the first.
2019 Season Totals
Grandal has came up clutch in situations that needed some clutch moments. Even though he is on the same team as reigning MVP Yelich and Mike Moustakas who he too is having a spectacular season, as well. Let’s take a look at his season totals:
- .274 Batting Average
- .384 On Base Percentage
- .544 Slugging Percentage
- .927 On Base Plus Slugging Percentage
- 17 Home Runs
- 45 Runs Batted In