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Grandal ranked 10th in California League

Reds farmhand Yasmani Grandal is the 10th-ranked prospect in the California League, according to Baseball America.

BA writer Josh Leventhal wrote in a chat that Grandal's defense was rough but the bat was promising. Leventhal also wrote that some scouts liked Giants catching prospect Tommy Joseph better. Joseph ranked 11th on the list. Leventhal wrote that Grandal's tools are enough for him to be a solid major leaguer with 20-homer, .280 batting average potential. BA likes Grandal's eye at the plate and ability to pound fastballs.

Defensively, opinions are mixed. Grandal allowed 14 passed balls in 44 games, but threw out 34 percent of attempted base stealers. Bakersfield manager Ken Griffey said Grandal learns quickly.

Grandal went 10-40-.296/.410/.510, fine numbers even in a hitter's league. His 61 hits included 14 doubles. Grandal struck out 57 times and walked 41.

Grandal was the only Red to grace the Cal League Top 20. Juan Carlos Sulbaran earned a mention in Leventhal's chat as a player who improved significantly. Arizona pitcher Tyler Skaggs topped the circuit. Skaggs was one of three Diamondbacks to make it. The Giants led the way with four players. Colorado placed three on the list. San Diego, Houston and Anaheim had two apiece. Oakland, the Dodgers and Seattle joined the Reds with one.

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