Graterol allowed one run on one hit and one walk across 1.1 innings during a 7-5 win over the Padres on Wednesday. He struck out one.
As expected, it was a short outing for the right-hander. He allowed a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first before getting a double play and strikeout to end the frame. The 22-year-old was pulled after allowing a one-out double in the second and was later charged with a run on Jason Castro's RBI double. Graterol should continue to work out of the Dodgers' bullpen, though he remains an option to open contests should Los Angeles utilize that strategy.
The Dodgers announced Graterol as their starting pitcher for Wednesday's game against the Padres, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Dustin May had previously been listed as the probable starter for the series finale in San Diego, but he's apparently still experiencing some discomfort in his foot after being struck by a comebacker in his previous start Sept. 10. Graterol started in his most recent appearance Sept. 13 versus the Astros, but he worked as a glorified opener in the contest, recording three outs via strikeout before giving way to the bullpen. The Dodgers may allow Graterol to work 2-to-3 innings Wednesday, but expect manager Dave Roberts to treat the series finale as another bullpen game.
Graterol (knee) allowed one hit and struck out three over a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Astros.
Graterol worked the first inning of the Dodgers' bullpen game, and he did his part well, throwing 11 of his 12 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old has mainly worked out of the bullpen this year, to the tune of a 3.06 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 11 strikeouts across 17.2 innings. He will likely continue to be used in relief situations going forward.
Graterol (knee) will start Sunday night's game against the Astros, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 22-year-old hasn't pitched since Wednesday after he tweaked his knee, but he'll return to the mound Sunday with the Dodgers opting for a bullpen game. Graterol's longest outing this season has been 1.2 innings, so it's unlikely he'll pitch more than two frames.
Graterol felt something in his knee on a pitch in Wednesday's game in Arizona, but tests came back negative, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
It sounds like he avoided anything major, but it would not be surprising if he was not used again over the next few days. Graterol, who has the stuff to be the Dodgers' next closer whenever Kenley Jansen is over the hill, strangely only has two strikeouts while hitting three batters in 10 innings over his last 10 appearances, although he still has a pristine 1.80 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over that stretch.
Graterol (1-2) was tagged with the loss in Monday's 5-4 defeat against the Padres. He gave up two runs on two hits while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.
Graterol replaced Walker Buehler ahead of the sixth inning, but he wasn't as dominant as he had been in past outings. Despite the fact he threw 11 of his 18 pitches for strikes, he gave up an RBI single to Jake Cronenworth, who would later score on an RBI single from Abraham Almonte. Graterol had allowed just one earned run in 4.1 innings across five appearances before this outing, so he should remain a trusted arm in Dave Roberts' bullpen moving forward.
Graterol (1-1) struck out two in a perfect inning of relief Tuesday to record his first win of the season in a 5-2 victory over the Astros.
The 21-year-old could eventually become the heir apparent to Kenley Jansen as the Dodgers' closer thanks to his big-time arm -- he spiked 100 mph on the radar gun an incredible six times Tuesday among his 18 pitches -- but Graterol was working the fifth inning here, and was the beneficiary of the team's five-run eruption in the top of the frame. He's made three appearances already in the team's first five games, and Graterol could see heavy usage in 2020 in a variety of high-leverage spots, giving him fantasy appeal in deeper formats where holds and plus K/9 rates have value.
Graterol is included on the Dodgers' active 30-man roster.
Though Graterol's chances of making the roster were murky in spring training, his imposing fastball -- he hit triple-digits on the radar gun multiple times in summer camp exhibition games -- ultimately proved too enticing for the Dodgers to pass up. Given his electric stuff, the right-hander could be given a chance to pitch in high-leverage situations before long.
Graterol's chances of breaking camp with the Dodgers could increase if the 2020 season is played with expanded rosters, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports.
Graterol was already considered a strong contender for a big-league bullpen spot before spring training was suspended, so an expansion of rosters for a potential 2020 campaign would seemingly cement his place with the Dodgers. The 21-year-old helped his cause with a strong spring in which he struck out three batters while holding opponents scoreless over three innings.
Graterol's placement for the start of the 2020 campaign remains in question, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.
Though the Dodgers expect Graterol to play a major role in their bullpen at some point, the team has enough pitching depth and talent to allow the right-hander more time to develop in the minors if desired. However, Graterol's ability to hit triple digits and his effectiveness in Cactus League play -- he pitched three scoreless innings and posted a 3:0 K:BB -- may be enough to earn him a spot on the big-league roster out of the gate. The 21-year-old held his own in the majors last season, allowing five earned runs and striking out 10 batters across 9.2 innings with Minnesota.
Graterol retired all three batters he faced against Colorado on Saturday in his first Cactus League outing.
Graterol's first appearance in a Dodgers uniform was undeniably a success, especially considering the trio of hitters he retired: Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado. Graterol is expected to open the regular season with a role in the Dodgers bullpen.
Graterol (illness) will have a workout Sunday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Graterol was sent home from camp Thursday due to a fever, but his quick return to the team confirms he's otherwise healthy. The hard-throwing righty trade acquisition is still expected to have his workload monitored throughout spring training, but he should be able to lock down a role in the bullpen. The 21-year-old made his major-league debut with the Twins last season and had a 4.66 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 10:2 K:BB over 9.2 innings
Graterol was sent home from camp Thursday due to an illness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Manager Dave Roberts said the hard-throwing right-hander is otherwise healthy, per Gurnick. Still, the Dodgers are expected to monitor Graterol's workload throughout spring once he's over the illness. He spent most of the 2019 season with Double-A Pensacola but made his big-league debut in September, compiling a 4.66 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in 9.2 innings with the Twins.
A deal has been agreed upon that involves the Twins sending Graterol, Luke Raley and the 67th pick in the 2020 draft to the Dodgers in return for Kenta Maeda and cash, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Graterol will be heading to the west coast after the Red Sox were unhappy with the 21-year-old's medical situation, and withdrew from a previously agreed upon deal that would have brought him to Boston. The right-handed pitching prospect finished the 2019 season with a 4.66 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in just 9.2 innings with the Twins.
Graterol will remain with the Twins after Minnesota elected to withdraw from the three-team deal that centered around sending Mookie Betts from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, Chris Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Twins' part of the deal involved them sending Graterol to Boston and receiving Kenta Maeda from Los Angeles. The Red Sox were unhappy with Graterol's medical situation, however, and demanded an additional prospect from the Twins. The Twins elected to simply keep Graterol and now will not be receiving Maeda from the Dodgers as a result.
The deal sending Graterol to the Red Sox from the Twins is on hold, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports, citing initial reporting by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
The Red Sox might demand additional compensation after reviewing Graterol's medical records. That review led Boston to project the right-hander "more as a reliever than a starter," leading the organization to try and rework the deal in order to secure a more valuable package. Graterol, who made his major-league debut last September, missed multiple months with a shoulder impingement. Rosenthal added the officials involved in the talks are confident the deal will eventually be finalized, but the final components of the deal may be different than originally reported.
Graterol was acquired by the Red Sox from the Twins on Tuesday in a three-team trade with the Dodgers that also includes Mookie Betts, David Price, Alex Verdugo and Kenta Maeda, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Betts and Price will move from Boston to Los Angeles in exchange for Verdugo, while Maeda will bolster Minnesota's starting rotation. Graterol was one of the Twins' top prospects and was expected to remain in the bullpen during 2020, though those plans could change with his new team. The 21-year-old righty can touch 100 mph with his fastball and also features a hard slider at 88 mph.
The Twins plan to use Graterol as a reliever in 2020, pitching coach Wes Johnson and general manager Thad Levine told MLB.com.
Twins management left open the door that Graterol could become a starter again in the future but said he may learn how to pitch at the MLB level better in the bullpen. Being used as a reliever would make it easier to manage his workload (he had Tommy John surgery in 2016). Armed with a 99-mph fastball, Graterol had a strong debut in the majors at just age 20 last year with a 4.66 ERA and 10:2 K:BB ratio in 9.2 innings. He also threw a scoreless inning in the playoffs. He'll need to win a spot in the big-league bullpen, but he could be an impact player in high-leverage situations this season.
Graterol had his contract selected by the Twins on Sunday.
Graterol spent most of the season with Double-A Pensacola, working primarily as a starter and racking up a 1.78 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 21 walks across 50.2 innings. He most recently pitched out of the bullpen with Triple-A Rochester, a role he's likely to fill with the Twins. Known for the velocity on his fastball, Graterol could immediately rack up a notable amount of strikeouts at the major-league level.
Graterol will be called up to the majors after rosters expand Sept. 1, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
He'll join the Twins after the completion of Triple-A Rochester's regular season Tuesday. Graterol dominated at the Double-A level this season with a 1.78 ERA and a 49:21 K:BB in 50.2 innings. He then was moved to the bullpen and promoted to Triple-A (5.06 ERA and seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings). With a fastball that hits triple digits on the radar gun, he could be an impact reliever in September.
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|10/23||@ TB||W 6-2||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|10/15||@ ATL||L 2-10||0.1||3||3||0||0|
|10/12||vs ATL||L 1-5||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|10/07||vs SD||W 6-5||1.1||0||0||0||0|
|10/01||vs MIL||W 3-0||1||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|09/27||vs LAA||W 5-0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/25||vs LAA||W 9-5||1||1.0||1||1||0||0|
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|2018||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||41.1||8||8||0||3||2||0||51||9||30||2.19||0.949|
|2018||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||60.2||11||11||0||5||2||0||56||19||59||3.14||1.296|
|2019||AAX-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||52.2||12||9||0||6||0||1||50||21||32||1.72||1.015|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||5.1||4||0||0||1||0||0||7||2||4||5.29||1.176|