Grendell was selected out of San Pasqual High School (CA) by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 2012 draft. He signed and finished the year in the Gulf Coast League. He was released by the Orioles on April 7th, and signed a minor league contract with Los Angeles on April 8th. He started the season in Class A and was promoted to Class A Advanced on June 3rd. He was promoted to Double A on August 3rd.
|League Age||22 (08/22/1993)|
Grendell possesses a tall, thin frame with a lanky build. He has broad shoulders, a very compact torso, a flat chest and a thin waist. His arms are very long and thin while his legs are really long, thin and lanky. His flexibility is loose and agile while some strength gains remain.
OVERALL FUTURE POTENTIAL (50)
|Breaking Ball (BB)||45||55|
|Off Speed (OS)|
ARM ACTION (60)
Quick. Loose. Easy. Long Arm Circle. Smooth Arm Circle. The ball is brought slightly downward out of his glove after his hands separate. He does not bring his arm behind his body. He slightly throws across his body. He throws his fastball and change up with a high three-quarters arm angle, and throws his curve ball with his arm angle slightly higher. The ball comes out clean, he is quick through his delivery and he features solid extension.
- Upper Body – Long, thin, lanky arms. Controlled. Balanced. Arms are in good sync with each other.
- Lower Body – Very long, thin, lanky arms. Plus Finish. Good Lead Leg. Good momentum to towards the plate. Solid extension. Solid hip/shoulder separation.
- Stretch – He hands straight up with his shoulder slightly closed off to the plate and his throwing arm at his side. He rests his glove on the right of his chest as he looks in for the sign. His feet are basically even and about shoulder width apart.
- Set (55) – Stands straight up on the first base side of the rubber slightly closed off. He holds his hands together at stomach level with his feet almost even and his feet about a foot apart. To start his delivery he will slightly lift his hands to chest level and display a medium leg kick in which the knee gets to waist level. He then brings his hands down, as his leg starts to descend, and they separate at stomach level. His arms are in plus sync with each other after separation and he is quick through his delivery. He displays an above average finish and is in a plus position to field the ball after he releases the pitch.
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- Timing (50) – Solid. His hands separate a little bit after his free leg begins downward, and his throwing arm is usually not quite all the way up when his lead leg lands. However, he does make up for this a little as he is quick through his delivery and he possesses a quick arm.
FB – Movement (50) Control (55) Command (50)
He sits around 91-92 with his fastball, but he can throw it harder if needed. He mainly throws a four seam that features nice life and is thrown from a solid downhill plane. He currently displays strong control and nice command with the pitch. He throws slightly across his body, so there is a little deception it; especially to left-handed hitters. The pitch contains an average spin rate that usually sits between 2,100-2,300 rotations per minute, and he gets a decent amount of ground balls with it. It features solid movement and usually presents average tilt. He also presents big-league average extension that usually sits a little above six feet.
CB – Movement (55) Deception (40) Control (45) Command (40)
He sits between 76-78 MPH with his curve ball and he throws two different types. The first type he throws for a strike, and it displays a tight 11-5 break which flashes strong spin and plus depth. It is not very loopy, presents nice deception and features solid strike zone bite. It also displays above average tilt. The second type he throws in the dirt and he usually throws it when ahead in the count; especially with two strikes on the batter. It is sharper, dives straight down into the dirt and he throws it slight harder than his first type. The tilt on the second type is not as strong as the first, but it is still usually big-league average. Both pitches contain below average spin rates and present slightly below average extension.