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Reds sign top draft pick

Getting a leg up
Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo threw a pitch in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night in Phoenix. The result was too late for this edition, but you can read about the game and see video of post-game interviews on Kentucky.com.
Getting a leg up Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo threw a pitch in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night in Phoenix. The result was too late for this edition, but you can read about the game and see video of post-game interviews on Kentucky.com. AP

The Cincinnati Reds and first-round draft pick Yasmani Grandal agreed to terms on a four-year, $3.2 million contract and announced it late Monday night.

Clubs faced a deadline of midnight Monday to come to terms with players picked in June's amateur draft.

The Reds selected Grandal, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound catcher from of the University of Miami (Fla.), with the 12th overall pick. He will be assigned to the Reds' rookie-level Arizona League team in Goodyear.

Other 2010 draft picks signed Monday were pitchers Andrew Cisco (sixth round), Joel Bender (27th) out of Cincinnati's Oak Hills High School and Chad Rogers (28th).

Grandal, 21, was the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the prestigious USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the Johnny Bench Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. He was named the 2010 Rawlings Gold Glove Catcher on the Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove Team.

He was a first-team All-America selection by Pro-Line Athletic National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Baseball America, Yahoo! Sports and Louisville Slugger.

In 62 games for the Hurricanes this season, Grandal batted .401 with 24 doubles, one triple, 15 HR, 60 RBI, a .721 slugging percentage and a .527 on-base percentage.

He ranked among the ACC leaders in almost every statistical category, and his .994 fielding percentage was one of the best in the nation for catchers. Grandal threw out 32 percent of attempted base stealers and committed three errors all season, including one error over Miami's last 41 games.

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