Brusdar Graterol

Brusdar Graterol

25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
60-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 7/30/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Graterol finally avoided the injured list in 2023, pitching a career-high 67.1 innings across 68 games. His age-24 season was the best of his career, as he recorded 4 wins, 7 saves and 19 holds for the Dodgers, alongside elite ratios. Graterol's 1.24 ERA was 2nd-best among qualified relievers, while his 63.8% groundball percentage was 4th. He didn't strike many batters out (18.7%), but he avoided hard contact thanks to a high-velocity sinker that he threw 43.6% of the time. Graterol was dominant in the second half, permitting only one run over 28.1 innings (0.32 ERA) after the All-Star break. He closed out the year on a 24-game scoreless streak that began in late-July. Graterol will have a chance to extend that streak in 2024 as one of the Dodgers' highest-leveraged relievers. Full-time closing duties seem like a longshot, but it's still early in his career and another healthy season may afford him a few more save chances. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the Dodgers in January of 2024.
Makes second rehab appearance
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
July 17, 2024
Graterol (shoulder) completed his second rehab appearance Tuesday in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League, tossing one inning and giving up one earned run on two hits.
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Graterol could move his rehab assignment to a higher-level affiliate shortly after the All-Star break and could be ready to return from the 60-day injured list by the end of July if he's able to avoid any setbacks in his subsequent minor-league appearances. The right-hander has been on the shelf all season after experiencing shoulder inflammation during spring training.
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-17%
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-9%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .244 185 36 13 41 9 1 2
Since 2022vs Right .202 269 55 9 51 6 1 4
2024vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left .208 106 20 8 20 4 0 1
2023vs Right .229 151 28 4 33 3 1 2
2022vs Left .292 79 16 5 21 5 1 1
2022vs Right .165 118 27 5 18 3 0 2
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 2.48 0.98 58.0 3 4 8 8.1 1.4 0.6
Since 2022Away 1.68 0.97 59.0 3 2 3 5.9 2.0 0.3
2024Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Home 1.32 0.88 34.0 3 2 5 6.6 1.3 0.8
2023Away 1.08 1.05 33.1 1 0 2 6.2 1.9 0.0
2022Home 4.13 1.13 24.0 0 2 3 10.1 1.5 0.4
2022Away 2.45 0.86 25.2 2 2 1 5.6 2.1 0.7
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Durability continues to be Graterol's biggest issue with two more trips to the injured list in 2022. First, a right shoulder injury sidelined him for over a month, followed by right elbow inflammation that forced Graterol to miss three more weeks in September. Despite the setbacks, the 24-year-old managed to log career-highs with 46 appearances and 49.2 innings. Graterol's strikeout (21.8%), walk (5.1%) and groundball (63.1%) rates improved and it looked like he was going to take over the Dodgers closer role before getting hurt. The right-hander added a cutter to his arsenal in 2021 and threw the pitch more last year, but his slider and 100-mph sinker continue to be his most effective weapons. Graterol has the upside of a dominant closer and figures to be in the mix for 2023 saves after tallying four last year. However, since we can't yet count on a full season from Graterol, try to temper your expectations.
Graterol threw 523 pitches last season and nearly 32% of them - 166 to be exact - had a pitch velocity in triple digts. While his 100-mph sinker ranked in the 100th percentile for velocity, the pitch did not exactly blow opposing hitters away. It produced just a 13.9% whiff percentage and .289 BA compared to 30.9% clip and .167 BA on his slider. Graterol's modest 18.0% strikeout rate is not what you'd expect from a pitcher with this kind of heat, but he made up for his lack of strikeouts with a 58.3% groundball rate and 0.5 HR/9. The 23-year-old did spend time on the IL last season with a forearm injury that limited him to just 33.1 innings, most of which came in middle relief. He's likely ticketed for the same role in 2022 unless the Dodgers fail to sign or trade for any relievers this offseason. In that scenario, Graterol would ascend the high-leverage ladder and potentially see some save chances.
Graterol's year began with him initially being sent from Minnesota to Boston as part of the three-way trade to get Mookie Betts to Los Angeles and ended with Graterol in L.A. earning a World Series ring. Boston nixed the deal with concerns about Graterol's medicals, including shoulder issues which caused him to miss time in the 2019 minor-league season. It is easy to understand why his shoulder could be an issue moving forward as Graterol's delivery is quite stiff, yet he pushes triple-digits to home plate with regularity. That high-velocity fastball, classified as a sinker, does not have much life to it but is very tough to square up. The slider is a weapon for him because hitters cannot afford to sit slider on a guy throwing 100-plus. While the strikeouts have yet to manifest, showing he's still a work-in-progress, Graterol has the potential to close down the road.
Graterol might have had the best pure arm in the Twins' system, but that did not mean he was their best pitching prospect. Durability was once again a big issue for the bulky right-hander -- he missed time with back spasms for the second year in a row and also missed six weeks with a shoulder injury. When he returned, it was as a reliever, first at Double-A, then at Triple-A, and he finished the year in the big-league bullpen. His XXL physique (listed at 6-foot-1, 265 pounds) is likely the cause for his recurring back issues, and he has averaged under 71 innings per year since 2016 Tommy John surgery. He also lacks a reliable third pitch. The Twins traded him to the Red Sox in February as part of a three-team trade with the Dodgers. While Boston could always decided to continue developing Graterol as a starter in 2020, the bullpen does seem like the most logical long-term fit, where his 99-mph sinker and plus slider could be deadly.
The clear top pitching prospect in a system that has produced Jose Berrios and little else on the pitching side over the last decade, Graterol boasts one of the best fastballs in the minors. That pitch allows his above-average slider and fringe-average changeup to play up. His command is currently lacking, but the quality of his heater allowed him to be effectively wild in the lower levels. Graterol missed time last year with back spasms, but still tallied 102 innings after logging just 40 innings in 2017 -- Tommy John surgery erased his 2016 season. He does not have a great body (6-foot-1, roughly 200 pounds) for his age (20), so good conditioning and dietary habits will be important as he climbs the ladder, especially with back issues already on the ledger. If his secondaries and command gradually improve and he shows he can hold up over a full season, he could be a frontline starter. The floor with Graterol is a high-leverage reliever.
Graterol can reach 100 mph with his fastball and had an impressive showing at rookie ball in 2017 with 45 strikeouts in 40 innings. He missed the 2016 season after Tommy John surgery, but his body grew and he gained 60 pounds with the time off. It was mostly muscle as he gained velocity and now looks to be a high upside prospect. He'll need to show he can stay healthy, pitch more innings and maintain his good control. A strong showing at Low-A could put him on the fast track to the majors.
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Could return after All-Star break
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
July 12, 2024
Manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Graterol (shoulder) could be activated off the 60-day injured list by the end of July, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Bullpen session on tap
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
June 9, 2024
Graterol (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session this week in Arizona, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Months away from return
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
June 2, 2024
Graterol (shoulder) hasn't yet resumed playing catch and is likely at least two months away from being able to return to the Dodgers' bullpen, per MLB.com.
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Halts throwing program
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
April 24, 2024
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that Graterol (shoulder) has stopped his throwing program due to lingering soreness, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Begins throwing progression
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
April 16, 2024
Manager Dave Roberts said that Graterol (shoulder) threw a "good" bullpen session Monday, MLB.com reports.
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Save chances in 2023?
PLos Angeles Dodgers
December 1, 2022
Graterol could be a part of a closer committee in 2023, opines Juan Toribio of MLB.com.
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Graterol recorded four saves and produced a 3.26 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 43:10 K:BB in 49.2 innings in 2022. While he did miss time with elbow and shoulder issues, his 46 appearances were the most of his career. Any closer committee may also include Evan Phillips and Daniel Hudson -- whenever Hudson is fully recovered from his knee injury.
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