Pedro Orlando Grifol
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 197 lb.
- School Florida State University
- High School Christopher Columbus High School (Miami)
- Born November 28, 1969 in Miami, FL USA
Catcher Pedro Grifol played and managed in the minors and coached in the majors.
Grifol backed up Dan Wilson as Team USA's catcher in the 1987 World Junior Championship. He was 2 for 6 with a run for the Silver Medalists. He also played with Wilson in the 1989 Intercontinental Cup when the USA went 1-5.
He was taken in the 6th round of the 1991 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins. He played several seasons in the Twins system before being picked up by the New York Mets in the minor league phase of the 1995 Rule V Draft. He played in the Mets organization through 1999.
Grifol was a scout for the Seattle Mariners and managed the Everett AquaSox from 2003 to 2005. He was then a minor league instructor in the Mariners system. In 2011, Grifol was the Mariners' Director of Minor League Operations. He returned to the field as manager of the High Desert Mavericks in 2012.
In 2013, Grifol was a roving hitting instructor in the Kansas City Royals' minor league system, until he was named as assistant hitting coach for the big league team on May 30th. That day, the Royals reassigned hitting coach Jack Maloof and his assistant, Andre David, to their minor league operations, whicle naming team legend George Brett as acting hitting coach, whith Grifol as his assistant. Brett stepped down on July 25th, explaining that he felt he had done the job that had been asked of him, as the Royals were now hitting much better than they had been, and Grifol took over as the team's hitting coach. Just under one year after being named to the big league staff, Grifol was replaced as hitting coach on May 29, 2014 by Dale Sveum, wuith the Royals struggling mightily at the plate. Reportedly Grifol resigned rather than being fired and was named catching coach for the remainder of the year.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|2003||Everett AquaSox||Northwest League||32-44||4th||Seattle Mariners|
|2004||Everett AquaSox||Northwest League||41-35||2nd||Seattle Mariners|
|2005||Everett AquaSox||Northwest League||42-34||3rd||Seattle Mariners|
|2012||High Desert Mavericks||California League||83-57||1st||Seattle Mariners||Lost in 2nd round|