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.
Graterol will be promoted to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The 20-year-old has been dominant at the Double-A level this season with a 1.78 ERA and a 49:21 K:BB in 50.2 innings. He'll get the chance to work against some more developed hitters at the Triple-A level, but this could also be a sign that Minnesota may call him up in September to help their bullpen.
Graterol earned the first save of his career by throwing 1.1 scoreless innings Wednesday for Double-A Pensacola.
Graterol reached 102 mph on the radar gun. It was notable that he was moved to relief for a second consecutive appearance. Twins assistant GM Rob Antony noted last week that Graterol could earn a promotion to the majors before the end of August. His move to the bullpen could speed his promotion to the majors.
Graterol (shoulder) was activated from the minor-league injured list Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Graterol has been sidelined since late May with a shoulder impingement, but he's been cleared to rejoin Double-A Pensacola after completing a pair of rehab appearances with Minnesota's rookie Gulf Coast League team. Assistant GM Rob Antony noted earlier in the week that Graterol could earn a promotion to the majors before the end of August now that he's healthy.
Graterol (shoulder impingement) is a candidate to be called up to the majors, perhaps as early as August, Twins assistant GM Rob Antony told SKOR North AM 1500 Twin Cities.
Graterol threw two scoreless innings in a rehab outing for Minnesota's rookie Gulf Coast League team Thursday. He was placed on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Pensacola with a shoulder impingement in May. Graterol has a 100-mph fastball that could help the Twins in the bullpen, but Antony's talk may just be general praise for the prospect. It's more likely that he'd be added to the major-league team when rosters expand in September. He'll need to show he's healthy first. Antony did say Graterol is expected to be activated from the 7-day IL soon.
Graterol threw a scoreless inning for Minnesota's Gulf Coast League team in a rehab outing Sunday. He reached 101 on the radar guy, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Graterol was placed on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Pensacola with a shoulder impingement in May. The good news is that this outing shows he's not dealing with a more serious injury.
Graterol was placed on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Pensacola with a shoulder impingement, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
He dealt with a trapezius injury earlier this year, and this is probably related to that. Graterol will head for further tests in the coming days. He has a 1.89 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 46:19 K:BB in 47.2 innings this year in his first exposure to Double-A, but durability issues persist. Last year's 102 innings were easily a career-high mark.
Graterol (back) started Tuesday for Double-A Pensacola, tossing five scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over Chattanooga. He gave up three hits and two walks and struck out three.
Graterol departed early in his prior start May 8 after experiencing tightness in his trapezius muscle, but the issue was never viewed as a significant concern. As anticipated, he returned to action on five days' rest and looked sharp during the 80-pitch outing. Through eight turns with Pensacola, Graterol has posted a 1.69 ERA and 1.00 WHIP while striking out 39 over 42.2 innings.
Graterol was removed from his start with Double-A Pensacola on Wednesday due to tightness in his trapezius, Darren Wolfson of SKOR North reports.
Graterol had allowed just two hits and one walk through 5.1 scoreless frames before exiting Wednesday's contest. Fortunately, his removal was deemed precautionary and the young right-hander is expected to make his next start on schedule, though the Twins will continue to monitor him carefully over the next few days.
Graterol gave up one run over 4.2 innings Friday in his debut for Double-A Pensacola. He struck out six, walked two, and twice reached 100 mph on the radar gun.
The 20-year old pitches comfortably in the high 90s and has become Minnesota's top pitching prospect. He'll need to improve his secondary pitches to dominate at higher levels, but his first Double-A outing was encouraging.
Graterol was promoted to High-A Fort Myers following Wednesday's game, Jeff Johnson of the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports.
Graterol started eight games for Low-A Cedar Rapids, posting an impressive 2.18 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with a 51:9 K:BB across 41.1 innings. The 19-year-old right-hander will likely spend the rest of the season with Fort Myers, and starting the 2019 campaign at Double-A is definitely in the cards if all goes according to plan.
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