Deivi Grullon

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From: HOMETOWN
School: SCHOOL
Position: POSBats/Throws: B/T
Drafted: NTH ROUND, NTH OVERALL PICK
Year Acquired by Phillies: YYYY
Born: YYYY-MM-DD
Height: X’ XX”Weight: XXX lbs
Signed: YYYY-MM-DDBonus: $XXXXXXX
Options Remaining: X
Rule 5 Eligible: YYYY
MiLB Free Agency: YYYY

Stats: MiLB | B-Ref | Fangraphs | Baseball America | Baseball Prospectus | MLBFarm

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2014:

Hit: It is a relatively simple swing for Grullon and he has some natural ability for getting the barrel on the ball.  However there are some length issues and some approach issues that limit the overall hit tool upside. Current: 20 / Future Potential: 40+

Power: Grullon has some pop in the swing and he can pull some bombs, but there is consistent power for Grullon.  He is physically maxed out so any growth in the power tool is going to need to come from improving the quality of his contact. Current: 20 / Future Potential: 35

Speed: He is a catcher, but not a slug. Current: 20

Arm: Grullon’s arm is a real weapon.  It is a true 80 tool and if anything he has been too aggressive with it and has tried to pick too many runners off of bases with it.  He will routinely pop between 1.8 and 1.9 but has popped 1.80 a couple of times this year.  In addition to the strength he has a quick release and it is accurate.  Current: 80

Defense: Grullon is already an advanced defender with the glove and shows the ability to be an elite defender behind the plate long term.  He already shows a good feel for receiving and framing and can go block balls in the dirt.  There is a lot of polish needed on the defense, but he projects to be special behind the plate. Current: 50 / Future Potential: 65+

Overall Profile: You aren’t going to get a ton on the offensive side from Grullon, at his peak you might get .250-.260 with 10 HRs.  His defense could make him a first division regular and his arm will not only shut down running games, but it will keep any baserunner on their toes.  Grullon faded late in the year as the workload took its toll, but he should be able to catch a full year at Lakewood in 2015.

2015 Preseason:

Role: First Division Regular
Risk: High – Grullon’s defensive profile could carry him to the majors, but his bat is going to need to advance in order for him to be an impact major leaguer.
Summary: Grullon is an important reminder that stats don’t make prospect status.  In 2014, Grullon had more games behind the plate than any 18 year old and was second in games caught among all players 19 or younger.  That is an incredible workload for a young player, and Grullon’s bat really took a hit.  Behind the plate, Grullon brings an absolute cannon 80 grade arm, and he might be too aggressive with it.  Grullon will attempt to pick off and throw out any base runner who flinches, and he was deadly with back picks to first.  The aggression causes some harm to his receiving, but everything should slow down as he matures.  In the end, he could pair an 80 arm with a 60 glove; add that to his great onfield leadership, and it should be enough to carry him to the majors.  At the plate, Grullon’s profile is more quiet, and his bat could be average with below average power, but it does lagging developmentally behind the glove.  Grullon will be asked to shoulder a full load again next year for Lakewood, where the bat might not shine.  Ultimately, whether Grullon is just good or special will come down to the bat, but the glove could carry him far.

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2013:

#24 Prospect in the Phillies system – Baseball America
#6 Prospect in the Phillies system – Baseball Prospectus
#8 Prospect in the Phillies system – Phillies Minor Thoughts

Up the middle defense is always a premium, and Grullon has everything you want in a defensive catcher.  Depending on who you talk to, the arm is either a 70 or 80 grade tool.  He needs to polish up when he attempts pickoffs, but he should be elite in shutting down running games.  His receiving needs some work, but he should be a plus receiver long term.  He is only 18, and though the bat is a bit weak, the defense is a legit carrying tool.  He could move very quickly if the bat can keep up with his feel for the position.

2014:

#9 Prospect in the Phillies system – Baseball Prospectud
#8 Prospect in the Phillies system – Fangraphs
#16 Prospect in the Phillies system – Baseball America
#13 Prospect in the Phillies system – ESPN
#12 Prospect in the Phillies system – MLB.com
#9 Prospect in the Phillies system – Phillies Minor Thoughts

Grullon is an important reminder that stats don’t make prospect status.  In 2014, Grullon had more games behind the plate than any 18 year old and was second in games caught among all players 19 or younger.  That is an incredible workload for a young player, and Grullon’s bat really took a hit.  Behind the plate, Grullon brings an absolute cannon 80 grade arm, and he might be too aggressive with it.  Grullon will attempt to pick off and throw out any base runner who flinches, and he was deadly with back picks to first.  The aggression causes some harm to his receiving, but everything should slow down as he matures.  In the end, he could pair an 80 arm with a 60 glove; add that to his great onfield leadership, and it should be enough to carry him to the majors.  At the plate, Grullon’s profile is more quiet, and his bat could be average with below average power, but it does lagging developmentally behind the glove.  Grullon will be asked to shoulder a full load again next year for Lakewood, where the bat might not shine.  Ultimately, whether Grullon is just good or special will come down to the bat, but the glove could carry him far.

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