The Dodgers got the chance to see what should be their only look at Miguel Cabrera this weekend. The Tigers came into town, and it’s the only time the two teams will meet up, barring a miracle World Series matchup. But this series also allowed for a very special...
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers meeting for an Interleague matchup at Dodger Stadium provided Brusdar Graterol an opportunity to spend time with Miguel Cabrera, who was a childhood hero of his. Graterol and Cabrera met on the field during batting practice to exchange pleasantries, and the Tigers’ designated...
Graterol (0-1) suffered the loss against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday as a result of allowing two runs on one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out one batter. Graterol entered in the eighth inning with the score tied and walked the first batter he faced. David Peralta followed with a two-run homer to provide the game-winning runs. Graterol entered the contest having tossed 5.2 scoreless innings across his first six appearances, so this hiccup is unlikely to affect his status as a key cog in the Dodgers' bullpen.
The Dodgers do have the makings of a really good bullpen this year. Even with the losses of Kenley Jansen and Joe Kelly in free agency, the potential from guys in there should be enough to scare rival teams. The number of starters that could be mixed into the bullpen alone makes them dangerous.
Graterol has added a new pitch to his repertoire for this season, though he hasn't yet disclosed the pitch type, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Graterol's primary weapon is a sinker he often throws at triple-digit velocity, with a high-80s slider featuring as his secondary offering. The right-hander added a cutter to his pitch mix last season, and it appears that he'll now have a fourth option at his disposal. It's unlikely that Graterol will feature the new pitch prominently -- he relied on the sinker or slider over 90 percent of the time last season -- but the push to broaden his arsenal is at least a positive sign that the 23-year-old is intent on furthering his development after a somewhat disappointing 2021 campaign.
As the MLB lockout continued to span multiple months and have an affected on the start of Spring Training, the Players Association (MLBPA) took action by establishing a workout camp at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, Arizona. The 320-acre facility is home to Legacy Sports USA‘s youth, adult and amateur...
The MLB lockout has dragged on for four months at this point. It has left baseball fans searching for any scrap of good news they can find. Players are left in limbo, uncertain of when spring training will begin or, in the case of international players, if they can get stateside in time for the regular season. Free agents do not know where they will be yet, leaving even less time to set up housing for spring training and the season.
With the lockout never going away it seems some players are getting out and scratching their sports itch. We’ve seen Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts out bowling and golfing this offseason. He’s mixed in video gaming on Twitch as well. Among other Dodgers getting into other sports, reliever Brusdar...
The ongoing MLB lockout has extended the offseason and provided some players with an opportunity to enjoy more activities away from the field. For Brusdar Graterol, it recently amounted to sharing a video of his progress with learning golf. Graterol’s video shared to social media showed him driving a golf...
Dodgers reliever Brusdar Graterol is well known for throwing straight gas. His incredible velocity, coupled with his effortless delivery, consistently turns heads. Especially those of division rivals. Giants pitcher Logan Webb stated that Graterol is the toughest pitcher he faced as a hitter. Webb explained in an appearance with Pitching...
Brusdar Graterol enjoyed a successful debut season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020, but took a step back last year as he battled through injuries and inconsistencies. The right-hander fell behind in Spring Training and did not earn a spot on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster. He instead opened the year on the 10-day injured list, which wasn’t a long stay as he rejoined the team on April 18.
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