Brusdar Graterol

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The trade isn't officially announced, but he's in Fort Myers today.

View: https://twitter.com/PeteAbe/status/1225092926046441478


Writeu-up from https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/dodgers-get-their-man-acquire-mookie-betts-from-red-sox-in-three-team-deal/

Brusdar Graterol
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21

Graterol, the No. 60 prospect on the BA Top 100, immediately becomes the hardest thrower in the Red Sox organization. He averaged 99 mph in the majors last September and postseason after receiving a big league callup. His fastball is hard and heavy. He throws more sinkers than four-seamers up in the zone. His 88-90 mph slider needs to get a little more consistent, but it has a chance to give him a pair of plus pitches thanks to how hard it is thrown. Graterol missed time last year with a sore pitching shoulder, but his velocity was fine when he returned and he pitched his way onto the Twins postseason roster. Minnesota had already announced that he would pitch in the team’s bullpen to start 2020, but the Red Sox will have a decision to make. Graterol does have some effort to his delivery, but he throws strikes with average control and he has a big frame. His upside will become higher if he can throw 150+ innings as a starter, and his likelihood of being at least a useful reliever is quite high.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUS7pJsln_4
 

Norm Siebern

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Of the two prospects I like Graterol more. Of course, he is not complicit in a sexual assault case, so of the two I would like him more even if he threw like Abe Alvarez.

I read one report where it intimated he threw a hard, but straight fastball, and worries over a second Joe Kelly danced in my fetid brain. But that slider looks nasty, especially at that speed. I wouldn't mind seeing him work this year out of the pen with an eventual intention of turning him into a starter.
 

Harry Hooper

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I think you want him working with Pedro on his change-up and taking a regular turn in a minor league rotation.
 

sean1562

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yea no reason to burn service time on the 2020 team. let him be a starter in AAA for a year
 

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I have a friend who's a beat writer for the Twins, and the consensus is there was little chance he stuck in the rotation, and his long term success in the majors is as a reliever. Maybe they're wrong.
 

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yeah I may have started this thread prematurely with the medical concerns now. Also I totally misread the first tweet as him being in the Red Sox complex, that was a big dumb by me.
 

jon abbey

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Yeah, it never made sense to me that he would stay in the deal after the concerns came up.