Married Heather...has three children: Alaynah, Ryker and Rhyatt...Moved to the United States from Cuba at the age of 10 with his mother, stepfather and grandparents...Attended the University of Miami (Fla.) and was named the 2010 ACC Player of the Year as a junior...finished second to Bryce Harper for the 2010 Golden Spikes Award...Is a 2007 graduate of Miami Springs (Fla.) High School...Is a co-owner of Force3 Pro Gear, makers of equipment used by many professional catchers.
Established career highs in on-base percentage (.420), slugging percentage (.520) and OPS (.939) in his second season with the White Sox...also hit 20-plus home runs for the fifth time in his career (all since 2016)...Batted .337/.481/.673 (33-98) with nine home runs, 24 RBI and 18 runs scored over his final 30 games (since 8/27) and .300/.442/.622 (54-180) with 17 homers, 44 RBI and 38 runs scored over his last 56 (since 6/3)...Recorded three multi-homer games, upping his career total to 15, and drove in four-plus runs on three occasions (12 career)...reached base safely in 79 of 93 games (84.9 percent)...Walk This Way: His 87 walks led the White Sox, ranked fifth in the American League and set a franchise record for catchers, breaking the mark of 68 set by Sherm Lollar in 1955...his average of 4.44 walks per plate appearance would have led MLB with the required plate appearances (Juan Soto led at 4.51)...drew at least one walk in 57 of his 93 games, including 15 games with two, three games with three and three games with a career-high-tying four...became the first Sox player to record more walks than strikeouts (87 BB/82 SO) since Frank Thomas in 2000 (min. 75 walks)...Long Ball: Hit 20-plus home runs for the fifth time in his carer (all since 2016)...his average of one homer every 12.13 at-bats ranked third in the AL among players with at least 20, trailing only Mike Zunino (10.09) and Shohei Ohtani (11.67)...Lethal vs. Lefties: Recorded a .279/.500/.574 (17-61) slash line with six home runs and 16 RBI vs. left-handed pitchers...No RISP, No Reward: Batted .292/.457/,662 (19-65) with seven home runs and 41 RBI with RISP...Behind the Dish: White Sox pitchers posted a 3.59 ERA (249 ER/627.1 IP) when he was behind the plate... threw out 9-59 (15.3 percent) of attempted base stealers...made 76 starts...Was the Opening Day catcher on 4/1 at the Angels...hit a two-run double on 4/2 at Angel Stadium in the Sox first win of the season...Hit his 150th career home run and first of the season as part of a three-RBI effort on 4/5 at Seattle...Drew at least one walk in five consecutive games from 4/4-12 (eight total)...walked three times on 4/7 at Seattle, one shy of a career-high...Snapped a 17 at-bat hitless stretch with a RBI double on 4/18-1 at Boston...These Spikes are Made for Walkin': Walked in five consecutive games from 5/1-9 (14 walks total)... recorded 13 walks in a four-game span (17 plate appearances) from 5/1-8, joining Bryce Harper (13 from 5/07-10/16) and Babe Ruth (13 from 6/12-15/30) as the only players since 1901 to accomplish that feat (STATS LLC)...Matched a career-high with four walks on 5/1 vs. Cleveland, the most by a White Sox player since Gordon Beckham on 8/10/13 vs. Minnesota (four) and most by a Sox catcher since Ron Karkovice on 4/13/94 vs. the Yankees (four)...added another four-walk game on 5/8 at Kansas City...Erased a 3-0 deficit with a three-run homer in the second inning on 5/11 vs. Minnesota...added a solo shot on 5/12 vs. the Twins...set a new White Sox single-season record with his third four-walk game on 5/17 at Minnesota...Caught both games of the doubleheader sweep on 5/29 vs. Baltimore, becoming the first White Sox catcher to accomplish that feat since Carlton Fisk on 6/23/89 vs. Milwaukee...Connected on a 457-foot homer on 6/3 vs. Detroit, his longest during the Statcast era (since 2015)...Recorded his 13th career multi-homer game on 6/4 vs. Detroit, including a game-tying shot in the seventh...became the first catcher in club history to hit two HRs and walk twice in a game...Reached base safely in a career-high 30 straight games from 6/16-9/15...streak was the longest streak by a catcher in franchise history and longest by a Sox player since Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (42) from 9/14/98-5/8/99 (STATS)...Hit a game-ending, RBI single in the 10th to secure an 8-7 win on 6/16 vs. Tampa Bay...marked his sixth career walk-off hit, and first since a solo homer on 8/28/20 vs. Kansas City...Erased a 2-0 deficit with a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh on 6/22 at Pittsburgh...marked his fourth career pinch homer... White Sox relievers allowed four runs in the bottom of the frame in a 6-3 loss...snapped a 2-2 tie with a game-winning, two-run double in the fifth on 6/22 at the Pirates...Recorded his eighth multi-homer game on 6/30 vs. Minnesota...became the first MLB catcher in 2021 with a 2-HR/5-RBI game and first the Sox catcher since Ron Karkovice on 6/2/93...Left the game during his sixth-inning at-bat on 7/5 at Minnesota with a torn tendon in his right knee...underwent a surgical procedure to repair the tendon on 7/6 at the Gold Coast Surgery Center in Chicago...Appeared in 11 rehab games between Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte from 8/11/-26, hitting .303/.368/.424 (10-33) with a home run, three RBI and three walks...A Grand-al Return: Was reinstated from the IL on 8/27 and returned to the lineup that night vs. the Cubs, going 4-6 with a double, two home runs and eight RBI in a 17-13 win...some notes from his return, courtesy of Elias and STATS:...Recorded his 15th career multi-homer game (third in 2021), tied his career-high (second time) and the White Sox franchise record (sixth time) in RBI...First catcher in MLB history and 13th MLB player since 1920 to record at least two eight-plus RBI games in his career (STATS)...Became the fifth player (sixth time) in Sox history to record eight RBI, and the first since Robin Ventura (two grand slams) on 9/4/1995 at Texas...Fourth MLB player since 1920 with two career four-hit, eight-RBI games, joining Nelson Cruz, Mookie Betts and Jimmie Foxx...First MLB player since RBI became official in 1920 to miss a month-plus and record eight-plus RBI in his first game back...Homered in back-to-back games on 8/29 vs. the Cubs and 8/31 vs. Pittsburgh...went 3-3 with a home run and four RBI on 9/4 at Kansas City...Appeared in his 1,000th game on 9/11 vs. Boston, going 3-4 with a solo homer (No. 20) and career-high-tying three runs scored...reached 20 homers for the fifth time (all since 2016)...Homered in consecutive games for the third time in 2021 on 9/18-19 at Texas...Drew a walk in 11 of 12 games from 9/18-10/1, including seven straight from 9/23-10/1...Started all four games of the ALDS vs. Houston, going 2-14 (.143) with a homer, four RBI, run scored and two walks...hit a three-run homer off Luis García in Game 3 in Chicago.
Led the White Sox with 30 walks in his first season with the club … was a finalist for the American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award® at catcher...Batted .265/.396/.496 (30-113) with five doubles, seven home runs, 22 RBI and 21 runs scored in 32 games as a catcher … his .396 on-base percentage led all AL catchers...Made 32 starts at catcher and six at first base … Sox pitchers posted a 4.74 ERA (143 ER/271.1 IP) when he was behind the plate … threw out 5-12 (41.7 percent) attempted base-stealers...Hit .286/.405/.500 with two home runs and eight RBI vs. LHP and .218/.338/.406 with six homers and 19 RBI vs. RHP...Made his White Sox debut on Opening Day (7/24) vs. Minnesota, going 0-3 with a walk … snapped a scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning on 7/29 at Cleveland... Reached base safely four times with three RBI on 8/2 at Kansas City … made his first start at first base and hitting third on 8/9 vs. Cleveland … hit a go-ahead, RBI double off Shane Bieber in the sixth but the White Sox lost, 5-4, in 10 innings...The White Sox tied the major-league record on 8/16 vs. St. Louis (10th time) by hitting four consecutive home runs in the sixth inning … Yoán Moncada started the run with a three-run homer off Roel RamÍrez with two outs in a 1-0 game, and Grandal, José Abreu and Eloy Jiménez followed with solo shots off the Cardinals right-hander...Homered three times in a five-game span from 8/16-22, including back-to-back games on 8/21-22 at Wrigley Field...Hit a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning off Ian Kennedy on 8/28 vs. Kansas City … it marked his third career walk-off homer and the first by a Sox catcher since Tyler Flowers on 9/8/14 vs. Oakland...Hit two-run homers on 9/5 at Kansas City and 9/8 at Pittsburgh… hit the second of back-to-back-to-back homers in the eighth inning off Robert Stephenson on 9/19 at Cincinnati, sandwiched between Tim Anderson and José Abreu...Homered with a season-high tying three RBI in the season finale on 9/27 vs. the Cubs...Hit .200/.429/.800 (2-10) with two home runs, four RBI, two runs scored and four walks in three games of the AL Wild Card Series at Oakland... Postseason Power: Homered in Games 1 and 2, extending his postseason homer streak to three (including 2019 Wild Card Game at Washington with Milwaukee) … became the first White Sox player to homer in his first two playoff games with the club … joined Joe Crede and Paul Konerko (both in 2005) as the only White Sox to homer in back-to-back playoff games (Elias)...Hit a solo home run off Joakim Soria in the eighth inning of Game 1 to extend the White Sox lead to 4-0 … matched his career postseason high with three RBI in Game 2, including a two-run homer off Liam Hendriks and a bases-loaded walk … was 0-3 with two walks in the deciding Game 3 loss.
Was named to the inaugural All-MLB Second Team as the catcher … was an All-Star for the second time in his career ... His 28 home runs were a career-high … his 25 homers as a catcher broke the Brewers record (Dave Nilsson, 21 in 1999) ... Became just the fourth catcher in the last 40 years to record 20-plus homers and 100-plus walks, joining Jorge Posada (2000), Darren Daulton (1993) and Mickey Tettleton (1991-92) ... Led MLB catchers in walks and on-base percentage (.383), ranked second in extra-base hits (50) and total bases (215), tied for second in runs scored (68) and ranked third in OPS (.864) ... Also ranked second in the majors in framing runs according to Baseball Prospectus (19.4 CSAA Runs) and tied for second in Runs Extra Strikes according to Statcast (13) ... Appeared in a team-leading 153 games, including 141 starts: 124 at catcher, 16 at first base and one as the designated hitter ... Ranked second in the National League in walks (109) … joined Prince Fielder (three times) as the only Brewers to produce 100-plus walks in a season ... Was named the Brewers Top Newcomer as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the BBWAA ... Hit 17 homers vs. right-handers and 11 vs. lefties ... Connected on a pair of homers on 4/9 at the Angels … drove in four on 5/16 at Philadelphia and 6/11 at Houston ... Hit safely in eight straight games from 7/16-24 (.345, 10-29) ... Homered in three consecutive games from 9/5-7 vs. the Cubs ... Hit a two-run homer off Max Scherzer in the first inning of the NL Wild Card game at Washington.
Batted .241 with 24 HR and 68 RBI in 140 games with the National League-champion Dodgers ... Set career highs in games (140), at-bats (440), runs (65), triples (2) and walks (72) ... His 24 HR as a catcher led the Major Leagues ... Batted .252 (84-for-333, 20hr) left-handed and .206 (22-for-107, 4hr) right-handed ... Made 111 starts (110g at C, 1g at 1B) ... The team had a 3.40 ERA when he caught (1037.1ip, 392er) and went 62-48 when he started ... Threw out 16 of 68 runners attempting to steal (23.5%) ... Recorded a career-high 11-game hitting streak from 4/7-4/22 and batted .349 (15-for-43) with 2 HR and 13 RBI during the streak ... Belted his third career grand slam in a 10-3 win on 4/16 at San Diego off Kazuhisa Makita ... Produced 2-homer games on 6/8 vs. Atlanta, 7/24 at Philadelphia and 8/1 vs. Milwaukee ... Smacked his second career walk-off homer on 8/1 vs. Milwaukee with a 2-run shot in the 10th inning off Matt Albers.....was his second homer of the game ... Batted .138 (4-for-29) with 1 HR and 1 RBI in 14 games during the postseason ... Homered in Game 2 of the NLDS vs. Atlanta off An.bal Sanchez (3-0 win) ... Signed as a free agent with Milwaukee on 1/14/19.
In his third season with the Dodgers, he set career-best marks in games (129), runs (50), hits (108) and doubles (27), while hitting .247 with 22 homers and 58 RBI...Led National League catchers in home runs and extra-base hits (48), while ranking among senior circuit backstops in slugging percentage (.465, 2nd), runs (49, 3rd), doubles (26, 3rd), walks (39, 3rd), hits (105, 4th), RBI (55, T-4th) and OPS (.7 74, 4th)...Led the Majors with a 3.22 catcher ERA, while also tied for fourth among big league catchers in pickoffs (4) and ranking 10th with a .995 field percentage (6 ER/999.1 IP)....threw out 15 base stealers this season (15-for-59, 25.4%), which tied for seventh most in the National League...Strung together a career-high tying nine-game hitting streak from May 3-15, hitting .457 (16-for-35) with four runs, five doubles, one homer and 10 RBI during that span...Hit two homers on Opening Day, one from each side of the plate, which was the third time in his career he has done so (also: Sept. 2, 2016 vs. COL and June 30, 2012 at COL)...Appeared in four postseason games for the Dodgers, going 0-for-8 with three walks.
Set career-best marks in runs (49), hits (89), homers (27), RBI (72) and slugging percentage (.477) in 126 games…led the Dodgers with 64 walks...Topped Major League catchers in home runs…his 27 homers were the fifth most by a Los Angeles catcher behind only Mike Piazza's 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons…averaged 411.6 feet per home run, the ninth highest in the Majors according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker... Batted .448 (13-for-29) with four homers and 10 RBI during a career-best nine-game hitting streak from July 29-Aug. 9...Opened the season on the disabled list with right forearm soreness…reinstated on April 12...Homered from both sides of the plate on Sept. 22 vs. Colorado, doing so for the second time in his career, including his second-career grand slam off Boone Logan. Established career highs in hits (5), homers (3) and runs (3, tied mark for the third time) on July 8 vs. San Diego, going 5-for-5 with six RBI...Appeared in all 11 of the Dodgers' postseason games (starting nine), going 3-for-28 (.107) with seven walks, a home run and three RBI.
Selected as an NL All-Star in his first season with Los Angeles, batting .234 with a career high 16 home runs and 47 RBI in 115 games. ... Ranked third among NL catchers (primary position) with 16 homers and his .353 on-base percentage placed third. ... Hit .308 (16-for-52) with a .410 on-base percentage against left-handed pitchers…batted .221 (67-for- 303) against right-handers. ... Had a big first half, posting a .282/.401/.526 slashline in 69 games, before battling injury and slumping through the second half (.162/.280/.216 in 46 games). ...Had a career day May 7 at Milwaukee, reaching base in all six plate appearances and either tying or setting careerbest marks with four hits (4-for-4, also: April 8, 2014 at Cleveland), three runs scored, two home runs (third time, last: Sept. 25, 2014 at San Francisco) and eight RBI…the eight RBI were the most ever by a Dodger catcher (previous best: Mike Piazza, 7, Aug. 27, 1995 at PHI) and tied for the second-highest single-game total overall in franchise history. ... All eight of Grandal's RBI came in the sixth inning or later in the game which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, tied Bill Mueller (7/29/03 BOS at TEX), Mark Whiten (9/7/93, STL at CIN) and Dave Kingman (5/14/78, CHC at LA) for the most in a game's last four innings in the Expansion Era (since 1961). ... Hit the first walk-off home run of his career (second-career walk-off hit) on May 3 against the D-backs, blasting a 13thinning solo shot off Evan Marshall to break a scoreless tie. ... Earned his first-career All-Star selection via manager's selection and was the first Dodger catcher to be recognized as an All-Star since Russell Martin in 2008. ... Appeared in 107 games (100 starts) at catcher and six games (two starts) at first base…threw out 19 of 75 wouldbe basestealers (25.3%). ... Averaged 4.14 pitches per plate appearance, the seventhmost in the NL. ... Missed six games on the concussion DL from May 23-29. ... Saw the first postseason action of his career with three NLDS starts vs. New York, but went just 1-for-10 with a walk and two RBI at the plate. ... Underwent offseason arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder AC joint on Oct. 21, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Set career-highs in nearly every category, leading the Padres with 15 home runs...Also set career-highs in games played (128), hits (85), doubles (19), RBI (49), runs scored (47) and walks (58)...Started 101 games total, including 67 behind the plate and 33 at 1B...Was active on an Opening Day roster for the ﬁrst time in his career...Homered in back-to-back games twice in 2014, including May 5-6 and July 19-20...Had his second career multi-homer game on September 25 at San Francisco, including his ﬁrst career grand slam to give the Padres a 7-6 lead at the time off Giants reliever Jean Machi...collected a career-high ﬁve RBI...Of his 85 hits in 2014, 35 were for extra-bases (19 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs)...Had his ﬁrst career game-ending hit with an RBI-single in the bottom of the 12th on August 29 vs. Los Angeles (NL)...Switch-hitter hit .241 (73-for-303) as a left-handed hitter and .162 (12-for-74) as a right-handed hitter...Acquired by Los Angeles on Dec. 18 along with right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland and right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin from San Diego in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and cash considerations
Played in just 28 games for the Padres in 2013, making 26 starts, all behind the plate...Began the season with a 50-game suspension after violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program…reinstated from restricted list on May 28, making his season debut with a start that night in Seattle, going 1-for-4 with a run scored...Over nine games on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tucson before being reinstated, hit .306 (11-for-36) with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored...Over 21 games in June, hit .266 (17-for-64) with seven doubles, a home run, nine RBI and 12 runs scored...Appeared at first base on May 31 vs. Toronto, in the Padres 4-3 win in 17 innings, his first ever professional appearance at first (had only played catcher in the minors)...Placed on the 60-day DL on July 7 with a right knee injury, missing the remainder of the season, after sustaining the injury on July 6 at Washington on a collision at home plate…underwent reconstructive surgery on his right ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his right knee on August 6.
Made his Major League debut for the Padres, hitting .297
(57-for-192) with seven doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 36
RBI and 28 runs scored in 60 games played...split the season
between SD and Triple-A Tucson.
Began the season with Tucson, hitting .335 (65-for-194) with 18
doubles, six home runs, 35 RBI and 40 runs scored in 56 games
First recalled from Tucson on 6/1 and made his Major League
debut on 6/2 vs. ARI as a defensive replacement at C, going
0-for-1 in his lone plate appearance of that game...optioned back
to Tucson the following day on 6/3.
Recalled for a second and final time on 6/30, making the start that day at COL...collected his first two Major League
hits in the game as home runs from opposite sides of the plate, becoming the first player in Major League history
to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game for his first two career hits (ELIAS).
Also on 6/30 at COL, became the second player in Padres history to homer twice in his first Major League start
(also, Keith Lockhart on 4/8/94 vs. FLA).
Collected his third career hit as a home run on 7/2 at ARI, becoming just the seventh player since 1900 whose first
three hits were home runs (ELIAS).
Collected his first career pinch-hit two games later on 7/4 at ARI, a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
His home run on 7/4 at ARI was his fourth in his first six games with the Padres...became just the fourth player since
1900 to hit four home runs in his first six Major League games and first since Mike Jacobs did so in 2005 for the Mets.
Hit a bases-clearing triple on 7/27 at MIA, the first by a catcher in the Majors in 2012 and first by a Padres catcher
since Benito Santiago on 7/19/89 vs. PIT (ELIAS).
Started 52 games behind the plate, with the Padres going 31-21 in his starts.
Placed on the 15-day DL on 7/31 with a strained oblique...reinstated from the DLon 8/17 after a Minor League rehab
stint with Single-A Lake Elsinore.
Named the No. 2 prospect in the Padres' organization by Baseball America
as well as No. 53 on Baseball America's
Top-100 Prospects list heading into the season.
Selected to the World Roster of the 2012 All-Star Futures Game, but did not participate after being called up on 6/30.
Moved quickly through the minors, appearing for Single-A Bakersfield, Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville over the course of the season...Entered the 2011 season ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the Reds organization and the 2012 season as the No. 2 prospect in the Padres organization by Baseball America...Combined to hit .305 with 31 doubles, 14 home runs, 68 RBI and 69 runs scored in 105 minor league games...Began the season at Bakersfield and was promoted to Carolina on 6/23...promoted to Louisville on 8/31...Spent time on Carolina's DL from 8/9-15 with a concussion.
After he signed his first professional contract on 8/16 was assigned
to the Reds' Arizona League club, where he appeared in 8g...while at the University of
Miami was the 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...was named by the American Baseball Coaches Association to
the 9-player Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove Team...was a first-team All-America selection by Pro-Line
Athletic National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Baseball America, Yahoo! Sports and Louisville
Slugger...in one of the most successful offensive seasons in school history, in 62 apps for the Hurricanes hit
.401 with 24 doubles, 1 triple, 15 HR, 60 RBI, a .721 slugging percentage and a .527 on-base percentage...
ranked among the ACC leaders in almost every statistical category, and his .994 fielding percentage was one
of the best in the nation at his position... threw out 32 percent of attempted base stealers and committed just
3 errors all season, including 1 error over Miami's last 41g.