Aug 16, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT
University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft, has signed a major league contract worth $2.99 million with the Reds.
Grandal was projected to go as high as fourth to Kansas City, but his contract demands had some teams wary and it appeared for a time as though he might drop into the latter stages of the first round.
The major league deal means he’ll go right on the 40-man roster. The Reds may say it’s a 2011 contract in order to avoid having him burn an option this year.
Grandal, one of the most polished players available in the draft, hit .401/.527/.721 with 15 homers in 222 at-bats for Miami last season. A switch-hitter, he’s expected to stay behind the plate and move quickly through the system. Maybe he won’t be ready to share time with Hanigan in 2012, but the Reds will be disappointed if he’s not a big part of their team in 2013.
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