Name: Deive Grullon
DOB: February 17, 1996
Height: 5′ 11″
Drafted: Signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2012, $575,000 signing bonus
Pre Draft Report: Baseball America’s #15 international free agent in the 2012 July 2 signing class Grullon projects as a defensively minded catcher. His swing has a tendency to get long but he has a good approach at the plate and has shown good bat speed and gap power. He is already good defensively with good movement and is exceptional at blocking pitches in the dirt. Scouts rate his arm as a 65 now but there is potential for it to get even better and he has very good accuracy. There is a hitch in his throw that will need to be cleaned up to get his pop times down. Physically Grullon has drawn comparisons to current Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Scouting Report: Below is an assessment of Grullon’s raw tools, rated on the traditional 20-80 scouting scale. The grades are my estimation based on what I’ve read and those I’ve talked to. The second number is a future projection, the first number is the current assessment
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Summary: As with any 16 year old right out of the Domincan Republic it is near impossible to put any current or future tools grades. At the plate Grullon has good bat speed and has shown gap power, additionally he has an advanced approach for a player of his age. However, it is his defense that will carry him, he moves well behind the plate with a plus arm and good accuracy.
Upside: If Grullon continues to develop behind the plate he could be a star on his defense alone. The question is whether his offense will get him to the big leagues. He has the tools to be a decent hitter but has struggled to make consistent in game contact which has concerned some scouts.
DPL Scouting Video with some batting practice and fielding.
Profile updated: 10/15/12