May 15, 2021

Dodgers: Roberts Impressed by Brusdar Graterol’s Nasty Fastball (Dodgers Nation)

Let’s face it, two months ago you likely didn’t know who or what a Brusdar Graterol was. Now the new Dodgers’ reliever is making waves amongst fans with his incredible 99mph fastball. However, for manager Dave Roberts, he’s making an impression.

Pitching in just his second game this spring on Wednesday night, the 21-year-old Venezuelan right-hander nicknamed Buffalo recorded 2 strikeouts while throwing an “easy 98” mile-per-hour fastball that Roberts was all smiles about.

“It’s an easy — if you can say an easy — 98. There’s some late movement. The slider he can strike and shortens it when he needs to. What a find… and really a great young man.”

What. A. Find…

Of course, Graterol wasn’t originally going to be a Dodger. He was heading to Boston from the Minnesota Twins as part of a greater three-team trade that brought Mookie Betts and David Price to LA. But the Red Sox got cold feet about the pitcher. Something in his medicals didn’t check out for first-year GM Chaim Bloom and the trade was put into limbo.