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.
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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.