Yasmani Grandal is a catcher who was traded to San Diego along with Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, and Brad Boxberger in the deal that sent Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds. The trade was rated 81% fresh. He's one of the rare hitting prospects that debuted with the Padres and immediately began raking. He also began his career with a strange streak of 61 at bats (over 17 games) without a walk.
In 2012 he was selected to appear in the Futures Game in Kansas City. However, he would not play in the game because on June 29 he was promoted to the major leagues. He impressed immediately. His first home run came in a game where he ended up hitting two home runs with each one coming from a different side of the plate. The first player in major league history to do that. He homered in 4 of his first 6 games. It was a promising start for the young switch hitting catcher.
In November 2012, Grandal was issued a suspension of 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for Testosterone. It was announced that he failed the drug test in September 2012. Later he was linked to a list of client names that turned up in a criminal investigation of a clinic that sold PEDs to athletes.
Grandal returned to the major league club in 2013 following his suspension. He did not have a lot of time to prove any doubts about him wrong before suffering a season ending knee injury in a collision at home plate. A career that seemed storybook at the start seemed to be turning into a series of tragedies.