Dodger fans have always harbored the slightest bit of animosity for Yasmani Grandal, as he was the main piece in a trade that sent fan favorite Matt Kemp to the Padres. But Grandal is proving he is every bit worth the cost it took to acquire him.
After a slow start to the 2017 season, he has caught fire at the plate. Grandal hit .330 in the month of May and provided a huge jolt for the Dodgers’ offense. Aside from mashing balls all over the field, Grandal has also played superb defense. He’s thrown out more than 50 percent of would-be base stealers, all while helping out the pitching staff with his game-calling and terrific pitch-framing.
Perhaps his best game in all of May came on the 9th against the Pirates, when he went 3 for 5, blasting a home run off of Ivan Nova. Grandal also threw out Chris Bostick trying to steal second base during the game.
If Grandal can continue the pace he set last month, there should be no doubt he’ll be playing in the All-Star Game in Miami. Thus far voters have snubbed Yasmani, as he is in fifth place for catcher votes, 430,000 votes behind Buster Posey.
Final slash line in May: .337/.374/.523