Yasmani Grandal named ACC Player of the Year

University of Miami junior catcher Yasmani Grandal is the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year

Coral Gables (May 27, 2010) — University of Miami junior catcher Yasmani Grandal is the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and one of five Hurricanes named to the 2010 All-ACC baseball team, league commissioner John D. Swofford has announced. Grandal is the second Hurricane to win the prestigious Player of the Year award. Ryan Braun received the honor in 2005.

Junior left-hander Chris Hernandez joined Grandal on the ACC’s first team, while senior first baseman Scott Lawson, sophomore third baseman Harold Martinez, and sophomore left-hander Daniel Miranda all garnered second team honors. The conference’s 12 head coaches voted on the team.

Grandal is having one of the most productive seasons in the history of Miami baseball, leading the ACC in several categories. He leads the Hurricanes in nearly every offensive category, including hits, RBI, and total bases.

“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected for such a prestigious award,” Grandal said. “I appreciate the coaches in this conference for recognizing my hard work and determination to be the best player I can be.”

Hernandez earned All-ACC honors for the third time in his career and first team honors for the second time. He closed out the regular season ranking third in the league in ERA (2.94) and wins (8) and fifth in strikeouts (91) and opponents’ batting average against (.235).

Lawson’s All-ACC honor was his second in as many years. The senior leads Miami with 52 runs scored and ranks second to Grandal with a .434 on-base percentage.

Martinez and Miranda were both honored for the first time. Miranda has appeared in a team-high 29 games and boasted a 2.33 ERA in league play. Martinez leads the ’Canes and ranks fifth in the ACC with 17 homers and ranks second on the team in RBI (53), total bases (121) and slugging percentage (.593).

The All-ACC honor was the second of Grandal’s career, after the Miami native earned second team honors in 2009.

Virginia’s Danny Hultzen (8-1, 2.08 ERA) was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year, Duke’s Marcus Stroman (6 wins, .265 BA) was named Freshman of the Year, and Virginia’s Brian O’Connor earned Coach of the Year honors.

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