Thursday, January 28, 2010
Miami Hurricanes Baseball earned its second Top 20 ranking of the 2010 preseason on Wednesday, as Baseball America ranks the 'Canes #16 in their preseason poll.
The 'Canes will be led by preseason All-America catcher Yasmani Grandal. Grandal emerged last season as one of the top power hitters in the ACC, leading Miami and all ACC catchers with 16 home runs. The Miami native led the 'Canes with a 1.081 OPS in 2009 en route to earning All-ACC second team honors. He finished his sophomore season ranking second on the team in slugging percentage (.599) and total bases (118), while collecting 45 RBI and 48 runs scored in 59 games.
In his two seasons in Coral Gables, Grandal has 23 home runs, 73 RBI and a .978 fielding percentage in 97 career games. After hitting .234 as a freshman in 2008, he improved his average by 65 points last year to .299. Over the summer, Grandal was a key member of Team USA during its championship run at the 2009 World Baseball Challenge.