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Full Name: Grady Sizemore III Primary Position: CF
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/200 First Game: July 21, 2004
Birthdate: August 2, 1982 MLB Experience: 4 years
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Grady Sizemore (Grady Sizemore III) was born on August 2, 1982 in Seattle, Washington. He made his Major League debut on July 21, 2004 for the Cleveland Indians. In 2004, his rookie year, he hit .246 with 4 home runs and 24 RBI. Sizemore played for the Cleveland Indians for his entire 4 year career.

A noted high school star in football, basketball, and baseball, Sizemore signed a letter of intent to play football and baseball at the University of Washington. At the time of his high school graduation, Sizemore was Cascade's all-time leader in rushing yards with 3,081 yards and interceptions with 16.

The college year was not to be, however, as the Montreal Expos selected Sizemore in the third round of the 2000 draft.

Sizemore's parents figured out the amount of signing bonus money that would result in Grady not losing money by not attending college: $2 million. The Expos, shockingly, agreed to pay the signing bonus.

In the 2001 season, the infamous trade between the Expos and the Cleveland Indians occurred, sending Lee Stevens and minor leaguers Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips to the Indians for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew.

Sizemore made his debut with the Indians in 2004, and, due to injuries, joined the Indians very early in 2005 and quickly became their everyday center fielder.

In 2006, Sizemore was named a member of the All-Star team by American League manager Ozzie Guillen, who noted Sizemore as a superstar.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 CLE 43 138 15 34 6 2 4 24 14 34 2 0 .246 .333 .406 .739
2005 CLE 158 640 111 185 37 11 22 81 52 132 22 10 .289 .348 .484 .832
2006 CLE 162 655 134 190 53 11 28 76 78 153 22 6 .290 .375 .533 .907
2007 CLE 162 628 118 174 34 5 24 78 101 155 33 10 .277 .390 .462 .852
Career 525 2061 378 583 130 29 78 259 245 474 79 26 .283 .369 .488 .857

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO TC A E DP FPCT
2004 CLE CF 42 38 348 105 106 0 1 0 .991
2005 CLE CF 155 152 1370 373 379 3 3 1 .992
2006 CLE CF 160 159 1379 409 419 7 3 1 .993
2007 CLE CF 160 157 1408 399 405 4 2 2 .995
Total CF530 519 4605 1312 1335 14 9 4 .993

Awards

  • All-Star Selections: 2 (2006, 2007)
  • Gold Gloves: 1 (2007)

Transactions

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