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September 8, 2020 at 1:53 PM

Scouting Report Update: Deivy Grullón


Just minutes ago, the Red Sox recalled their latest addition to the organization, catcher Deivy Grullon, as the 29th man in their doubleheader today against Philadelphia. Claimed off waivers from those same Phillies on September 3, Grullon immediately became the second-ranked catcher in our rankings, entering at number 29. Today, we give you his initial scouting report in time for his potential Red Sox debut.

Physical Description: Wide, stocky catcher's frame. Maxed out physically.

Hit: Starts open with his hands by his chest. Utilizes a toe-tap timing device. Swing has some length. Whips the bat through the zone. Fringe-average bat speed. Lot of swing-and-miss in his game. Strikeouts numbers are a concern, especially as he faces more advanced pitching. Has an aggressive approach, but will take a walk on occasion. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Swing is geared to drive the ball, rarely gets cheated. Power likely won’t play at that level in-game due to his inconsistent hit tool.

Run: 20 speed. Not a part of his game. Base clogger type.

Field: Fringe-average defensive profile. Limited agility. Soft hands. Can improve on pitch blocking and framing. Was better defensively when he was younger, but has gotten sloppy at times as he has matured.

Arm: Plus arm strength.

Career Notes: Was one of the Phillies' first signings following an announced refocusing on international talent. Claimed by Boston off waivers when the Phillies removed him from their roster to add pitching during the 2020 season, reportedly because they planned on removing him during the offseason due to a 40-man roster crunch.

Summation: Profiles as an up-and-down depth catcher. Bat-first profile is not an ideal fit for a backup. Ceiling of a solid major league backup catcher. If he can improve his defense and make enough contact to tap into his power, could carve out a solid major league career.

 
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