Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal is certainly off to a hot start. The 27-year old switch-hitting backstop was hampered with injuries throughout the spring. A forearm injury sidelined him, causing him to start the season on the disabled list. Grandal worked hard and battled back, and was finally able to return to game action on April 12th.
Since then he’s been quite effective. Grandal has been tearing the cover off the ball and doing a good job of handling the pitching staff behind the plate. So far Grandal is 6 for his first 15 with 3 doubles, and 3 runs batted in. In 21 plate appearances he’s batting .400 and has six walks. He has yet to strikeout, making contact in every plate appearance.
His line drive percentage (20%) is one of the highest it has been in years. Keep in mind this is only through the first six games, so it’s a small sample size to say the least. Still as you can see, he has a 33.3% average for hard hit balls and his soft hit ball percentage (13%) so far are all better than career norms. Basically what I am trying to point out is that Grandal is swinging the bat with authority and hitting a lot of line drives.
So far his O-swing percentage is at 15%. That means he’s not swinging at many pitches outside of the strike zone. That can explain how he has not struck out at all in his first 21 plate appearances, and has six walks. Grandal already has three multi-hit games.
It may be only six games, but Grandal has looked very impressive since being activated from the disabled list. The Dodgers are sure to ease him back into every day action by getting A.J. Ellis some reps in behind the dish, but a healthy return to form for Yasmani Grandal is a huge boost to not only the lineup, but the pitching staff as well.