Zack Granite
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Granite appeared on the cusp of carving out a reserve or platoon role in the majors, but failed to make the 25-man roster after struggling in spring training. He then missed most of the Triple-A season with a shoulder injury. Granite has outstanding speed (83 SB in his last 271 minor-league games), which would make him relevant in fantasy leagues if he reaches the majors again. He profiles as a capable defender in center field and has a strong command of the strike zone, as evidenced by his high contact rate (88.1% the last two seasons at Triple-A). However, his complete lack of power limits his ability to win an everyday job. At age 26, he may have missed his window to win a regular major-league role with the Twins. He'll compete for a reserve spot this spring, but will likely return to Triple-A to serve as organizational depth. Read Past Outlooks
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Shipped to minors
OFTexas Rangers  AAA
March 26, 2019
Granite was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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With Joey Gallo (groin) trending towards being ready for the start of the season, Granite will open the season in the minors. The 26-year-old, who hit .240/.269/.360 with five stolen bases in 12 games this spring, should be one of the first players called upon should an opening arise in Texas' outfield.
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+85%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .979 20 4 1 6 0 .353 .450 .529
Since 2017vs Right .528 87 10 0 7 2 .211 .291 .237
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2017vs Left .979 20 4 1 6 0 .353 .450 .529
2017vs Right .528 87 10 0 7 2 .211 .291 .237
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Since 2017Home .533 49 5 0 5 2 .227 .306 .227
Since 2017Away .680 58 9 1 8 0 .245 .333 .347
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2017Home .533 49 5 0 5 2 .227 .306 .227
2017Away .680 58 9 1 8 0 .245 .333 .347
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
Granite parlayed a hot start at Triple-A (.360/.412/.492 with 15 stolen bases in his first 59 games) into a steady bench role with the Twins in the second half. He doesn't have a strong pedigree (2013 14th-round draft pick) but is a legitimate burner (120-for-164 on MiLB stolen-base attempts). Granite profiles as a plus defender in center field with a strong command of the strike zone. He struggled in his first taste of the majors with just a .611 OPS in 40 games but may have been somewhat unlucky with a .250 BABIP. A primary complaint from evaluators, however, is that he doesn’t make enough hard contact to play every day, so low BABIPs may follow him throughout his career. He is the Twins’ best defensive option for the fourth outfielder role, but his bat could hold him back. His speed would make him viable in deeper leagues, even in a Jarrod Dyson-esque role.
Granite was Minnesota's 2016 Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .295/.347/.382 at Double-A Chattanooga. He also stole 56 bases on 70 attempts in 127 games, profiles as a plus defender in center field and had a strong command of the strike zone with a 43:42 K:BB. The 2013 14th-round draft pick really hadn't shown much in the minors before last season. Other than a 19-game stretch in Low-A in 2015, he'd never had an OPS above .705 in the minors. At 23, he was a year younger than the average player in the Southern League, but that is still bit older than the typical legitimate hitting prospect at that level. Still, he could be a late bloomer and his speed on the basepaths could result in significant fantasy value, but he will need to keep hitting in order to earn consistent playing time. We should know more about the ultimate utility of his hit tool after seeing how he handles Triple-A pitching.
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Still in camp
OFTexas Rangers  AAA
March 22, 2019
Granite is 6-for-15 and perfect on four stolen-base attempts since being acquired from the Twins, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Shipped to Rangers
OFTexas Rangers  AAA
March 3, 2019
Granite was acquired by the Rangers from the Twins on Sunday for minor-league pitcher Xavier Moore and cash, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Loses roster spot
OFMinnesota Twins  AAA
February 25, 2019
The Twins designated Granite for assignment Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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Returning from shoulder surgery
OFMinnesota Twins  AAA
February 24, 2019
Granite started in center field and went 0-for-2 in Sunday's spring training loss to Boston. Granite had a placenta tissue injection to help repair a torn rotator cuff, which ended his 2018 season in July, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Placed on minor-league DL
OFMinnesota Twins  AAA
Shoulder
July 18, 2018
Granite was placed on the minor-league 7-day disabled list on Wednesday due to a right shoulder contusion, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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