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Yasmani Grandal is the real deal

This kid's got power from the plate, skills behind the plate and he hustles.

During the couple of hours I spent covering that game, he came up in conversation several times among the people watching the game at Westminster Academy that included Major league scouts and legendary coach Rich Hofman.

Between him and Chris and Adrian Morales, Pablo Bermudez and Yoandy Barroso, Springs, in my opinion, has the best lineup among Dade's 6As. They tagged Miami Christian, a state ranked team in 2A, for 16 hits and hit 3 monster HRs, and have done similar things most of the season.

But pitching is the question mark.

They get back one of their aces in Rey Cotilla, who's been out the whole season, but this is where I think teams like Palmetto or Killian with deep pitching staffs can hurt them if they get consistent come playoff time.

It should be most interesting to see how the wild card in all this plays out ... and that's who will win crazy District 15-6A. The district that's always loaded with talented players and unpredictably exciting in the playoffs. Will it be Columbus, South Miami, Braddock?

I'm going to go out on a limb and call at least one playoff upset by an unlikely team against a favorite and that could be Sunset against whoever they're playing.

Springs and Hialeah will duel for the 14-6A title, and Palmetto, Killian, Coral Reef and Southridge will make the 4-team 16-6A title, interesting.

Going back to Springs before I go, they have a big test next week against Florida Christian - and a chance to see Dade's top two home run sluggers, Grandal and David Villasuso square off.

I'm out.

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