Since being acquired from the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has proven he was worthy of being swapped for Matt Kemp.
Grandal has provided power at the plate, has worked well with the pitching staff and has framed more than a few pitches into strikes. One of the few gripes with the switch-hitting catcher is his production from the right side of the plate, where he’s hitting just .240 with zero home runs or RBIs. However, he’s only had 25 at-bats from that side and usually sits against a left-handed pitcher.
His inexperience from the right side this season was evident in the Dodgers 10-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, as he came to the plate against left-hander Oliver Perez with the wrong helmet on his head:
Luckily for him, he swung at the first pitch he saw and singled to center. Switch-hitters are the only players with two different helmets, so given Grandal’s limited time as a right-hander and the fact that he batted left-handed his first at-bat, it’s an honest mistake.
The dugout gave him a bit of a hard time and although the result was positive, don’t expect the 26-year-old catcher to make the same mistake again.