Grandal excited for first Major League start

Grandal excited for first Major League start

Grandal excited for first Major League start
DENVER -- Yasmani Grandal's first Major League start will be eerily similar to his first Triple-A start.

When Grandal was with the Reds -- who traded him along with Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso and Brad Boxberger in the offseason to the Padres -- Grandal caught Volquez at Triple-A Louisville in 2011.

"It's funny," Grandal said. "I'm really excited."

A first-round Draft pick by Cincinnati in 2010, Grandal was called up on Saturday to replace struggling catcher Nick Hundley. Grandal was preparing to play a game with Triple-A Tucson on Friday -- in San Diego -- when he was scratched before the first pitch.

Before Saturday, Grandal had just one plate appearance in his Major League debut on June 2, going 0-for-1 before being optioned back to the Minors the next day. In 56 games with Tucson this year, Grandal hit .335 with 18 doubles, six homers and 35 RBIs.

Grandal is ranked by MLB.com as the Padres' No. 3 prospect.