Brusdar Graterol

© Sarah Morris, 2020

In February 2020, the Los Angeles Dodgers obtained a right-handed flame-throwing Brusdar Graterol from the Minnesota Twins for right-handed starter Kenta Maeda. Regardless of his young age of 22, Graterol transformed the Dodger bullpen into a team’s strength.

The Boston Red Sox originally wanted Graterol a part of Mookie Betts’ trade. However, after the Red Sox that wanted to make Graterol a starter disliked Graterol’s medical records, the team rejected their potential acquisition of the young flamethrower. Determined to trade Maeda, who had requested a trade since he disliked how the Dodgers used him, President Andrew Friedman, who was named the Baseball Executive of the Year Tuesday, agreed to acquire Graterol.

While the Red Sox wanted to use Graterol as a starter, the Dodgers understood Graterol, though he started two games in the abbreviated 2020 season, must be used as an exclusive reliever. Since March 2020, the likable Graterol amazed most broadcasters and fans how easy he throws to reach 100-miles-per-hour or more. Nevertheless, his pitches do not have much movement so that he did not have many strikeouts. As Graterol matures, barring a major injury, his strikeouts shall increase.

Nevertheless, Graterol had a good rookie season. He appeared in 23 games in the regular season with a 3.09 ERA. During the postseason, Graterol played a crucial role in the Dodger world championship.

Most Dodger fans envision Graterol taking over the closer role after Kenley Jansen relinquishes the closing role. However, Graterol must obtain more movement on his pitches to produce strikeouts to achieve a closer role.

Tuesday, Cody Bellinger underwent surgery to repair his dislocated right shoulder. Since the recuperation time is about ten weeks, the Dodgers expect Bellinger to be ready for 2021 spring training.

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