Brusdar Graterol
20-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Will move to Triple-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
August 17, 2019
Graterol will be promoted to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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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.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Records first save
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
August 15, 2019
Graterol earned the first save of his career by throwing 1.1 scoreless innings Wednesday for Double-A Pensacola.
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Back at Double-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
August 7, 2019
Graterol (shoulder) was activated from the minor-league injured list Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Candidate to be called up
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
Shoulder
August 6, 2019
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.
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Scoreless inning in rehab outing
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
Shoulder
July 29, 2019
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.
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On IL with shoulder injury
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
Shoulder
May 25, 2019
Graterol was placed on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Pensacola with a shoulder impingement, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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