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The Padres are calling up Yasmani Grandal

Jun 1, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

Yasmani Grandal

The Padres did a couple of things in the offseason that didn’t necessarily go together: (1) traded for Yasmani Grandal from the Reds (among others); and (2) signed Nick Hundley to a contract extension.

Given Grandal’s obvious promise, this seemed to create a bit of a problem. Grandal himself certainly saw that he may be blocked in San Diego, saying “if I don’t make it to the big leagues with this club I can make it with any other team.”  Well, he now has a chance to make it with this club:

Hundley has began the season in miserable fashion, hitting .169/.234/.282 in 40 games.  In light of that, and in light of Grandal’s numbers in Tucson — .317/.421/.500 — you have to figure that, Hundley contract or not, Grandal will be given every chance to win the starting job.

  1. micker716 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Just swept by a Cubs team on a 12 game losing streak and on pace to lose 109. Why not? Contract extension or not, Hundley has been terrible. A messed up TV deal (I live in North County and can’t even get a broadcast), ownership up for grabs, and the Pad’s are already auditioning their youngsters. There is not a worse organization in baseball right now.

  2. gloccamorra - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Micker, move out of the TimeWarner zone if you can’t get DirecTV, which offers the same channels PLUS thePadres for the same price. TW has a history of stiffing the community before they’ll pay more than the absolute minimum for content.

    The “on pace to lose 109″ talk is bunk. Even Wall Street tells you “past performance is no guarantee of future results.” The 2009 Padres went 25-25 their first 50 games, then lost Jake Peavy and Chris Young within days, and went 13-37 the next 50. After calling up Stauffer, Latos and LeBlanc and got Richard for Peavy, they went 37-25 the last 62 games to finish 75-87, ahead of Arizona, and the same team that finished that season came back and made a 90 win run the next year. That’s the thing about baseball – they have to actually play all 162 games.

    Grandal has never been blocked. Hundley is an excellent defensive catcher, and likely the veteran backup of the future. Every PR event the Padres put on, he’s there, a clean-cut, soft-spoken rep for the team.

    Grandal has competition, though. The Padres have Jason Hagerty at AA, another 6’2″, 220 lb. switch hitting catcher with power, better defense and more experience. He’s sidelined with back trouble, or he’d be the call-up. They also have Austin Hedges at low-A, who is major league-ready defensively, but whose hitting needs work.

    Grandal has only one year in pro ball, with half of it in high-A, and had 19 passed balls in 90 games last year. Somebody said his catching is improved, but in triple-A he has 5 PBs in 27 games. John Baker hasn’t meshed well with Padres pitchers, so Grandal might be the backup, with Hundley teaching him before they switch places.

  3. slyordie - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Despite Hundley’s offensive struggles, he’s been real solid behind the plate this year.

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