ESPN Features Hurricane Catcher Yasmani Grandal

In “From Cuba to Miami, Grandal flourishes”, ESPN tells the story of UM Catcher Yasmani Grandal who came to the U.S. as part of a Visa lottery system.

Sport / ,

24 May 2010

 

ncaa_e_grandal1_sy_200Miami Hurricane baseball phenom, Yasmani Grandal, was recently featured in a great article on ESPN.com. The 6’2″, 210lb Catcher originally from Cuba, currently leads the Canes with a .428 batting avg.

Yasmani Grandal’s first experience with a draft lottery wasn’t in 2007, when he was selected by the Boston Red Sox out of Miami Springs High in the 27th round of MLB’s first-year player draft.

The first time his name came up in a draft was back in 1998, when he was just nine years old. He and his family were selected as part of the “Special Cuban Migration Program,” meaning he and his family could leave Cuba to join his aunt and uncle in Miami — a dream come true for the young baseball star.

Read the full article

I had an opportunity to watch some of the VA – UM series this past weekend and Grandal is certainly a site to behold. Grandal and the rest of his Canes will face arch-rival FSU as they open the ACC baseball tournament in Greensboro, NC.

The Hurricanes (39-15, 20-10 ACC) and Seminoles (39-16, 18-12 ACC) are scheduled to play on Wednesday, May 26 at 4 p.m. at NewBridge Bank Park (home of the AA Marlins affiliate Greensboro Grasshoppers) in Greensboro, NC.

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