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June 11, 2010
DENTON, Texas (HurricaneSports.com) - University of Miami junior catcher Yasmani Grandal has been named the 2010 National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America District III Player of the Year, as announced by the NCBWA on Friday. Grandal is one of nine of college baseball's finest student-athletes to have been recognized as a district player of the year.
Grandal is having one of the most impressive offensive seasons in Miami history, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in batting average (.411), slugging percentage (.729) and on-base percentage (.538). Already this season, he has been named a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award and the Golden Spikes Award, in addition to being named the 2010 ACC Player of the Year and a Louisville Slugger First Team All-America selection. On Monday, Grandal was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. On the year, he has 88 hits, 24 doubles, 14 homers, 58 RBI, 57 walks, 55 runs scored and 156 total bases in 60 games.
In addition to Grandal, the other 2010 NCBWA District Players of the Year are District I: 3B/RP Joe Leonard (Pittsburgh); District II: SS Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia); District IV: SP Anthony Meo (Coastal Carolina); District V: OF Alex Dickerson (Indiana); District VI: OF Aaron Senne (Missouri); District VII: 3B Anthony Rendon (Rice); District VIII: C-1B-DH C.J. Cron (Utah); District IX: 2B Zack MacPhee (Arizona State).
The group, divided into areas as follows: District I-Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania; District II: Connecticut, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, District of Columbia; III: Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida; IV: Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland; V: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin; VI: Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota; VII: Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana; VIII: Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Montana; District IX: California, Oregon, Washington, Hawai'i, Arizona, Alaska.
Grandal and the Hurricanes will open NCAA Gainesville Super Regional play tonight at 7 p.m. against rival Florida at McKethan Stadium.