It’s easy to forget what a talented pitcher the Dodgers acquired in Brusdar Graterol, given that the Dodgers also acquired Mookie Betts. Graterol appears to be excited for his new change of scenery, as well.
I want to thank my new family, the Los Angeles Dodgers, for this opportunity so I can continue doing what I love!
For the Dodgers fans, I am super excited to greet many of you in Arizona this spring training ! I am going to wear my Dodgers jersey with pride and give my all.2020
— brusdar graterol (@BrusdarGraterol) February 11, 2020
Diplomatic And Yet Sincere
Obviously this is a common and gracious thing for a player to do when he is moved. Still, this is a really great tweet that is easily going to ingratiate Brusdar Graterol with the Dodger faithful. It is rather unique to see a player talk about being excited to greet many fans in Spring Training. This is a necessary part of the life for MLB players, but we often can take for granted that their graciousness in doing this should be appreciated.
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What Kind Of Stuff Does Graterol Have?
Heat, heat, and heat! Well sort of. Brusdar Graterol’s sinker is his bread and butter.
Brusdar Graterol, Unfair 100mph Sinker. ? pic.twitter.com/oFc6MLrOhe
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 22, 2019
He throws it 49% of the time. His other most used pitch is his slider (30%) which is where the difference might be. He has a changeup and a four-seamer that are not used very much. His slider doesn’t have quite the lateral movement a slider should have yet. It tends to dip vertically. As a reliever, his nearly triple-digit sinker can be used quite liberally.
If the Dodgers coaching staff can find a way for Graterol’s slider to be more effective, he will be an absolutely lights out reliever.
More on Graterol’s arsenal coming up in an article on DodgersNation.com soon.