Deivi Grullon, C, 5’11”, 195lb, R/R, 2/17/96, Bonao, Dominican Republic
Deivi was a 2012 DPL All-Star and was selected to the DPL Elite Travel Team. On the US tour this spring training he suffered a hairline ankle fracture on the DPL’s last day in Florida and wasn’t able to play in Arizona, which is unfortunate for both he and the scouts. The Phillies and Grullon reached an agreement for a contract value of $575,000.00
Grullon is considered one of the top catching prospects in Latin America this year. His body type resembles Carlos Ruiz-PHI, the resemblance goes further as his overall future potential is also a close comp. He has a classic catcher’s build, with a thick trunk and heavy thighs and above average present strength, but has surprising one spot lower half quickness behind the plate and is an exceptional blocker. Grullon’s raw arm strength is exceptional and grades out to be above average (65). He does have a hitch in his throwing release which keeps his pop times consistently around 1.85-1.95, but that is only a very minor concern. Offensively, Grullon has some length in his swing but has the strength to create raw bat speed and shows gap power. Most impressively, he showed a very good ability to make adjustments to his swing within an at-bat and was one of the few DPL hitters with a two-strike approach. That kind of aptitude bodes well for his future development.
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies and the Grullon family!