Brusdar Graterol

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Brusdar Graterol had an up-and-down season in the Dodger bullpen until he suffered an elbow injury in late August. Graterol still is young, but in the 2023 season, Graterol, if healthy, will have an integral role.

Graterol can throw more than 100 miles per hour effortlessly, but he has had difficulty in developing a reliable off-speed pitch. With his effortless velocity, he should have many strikeouts, but in the 2022 season, he had 43 strikeouts in 49.2 innings. Graterol’s supreme talent is to induce soft contact. Sometimes, when a reliever gets soft contact, he is highly successful, but at other times, he allows many runs because of the luck of baseball.

Graterol needs to develop a strikeout pitch to be highly successful as a Major League reliever. With Blake Treinen being out for most of the 2023 season, the Dodgers will rely on Graterol greatly.

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