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#pounditMonday, April 15, 2024

Dodgers’ Brusdar Graterol goes viral for unlikely catch on mound

Brusdar Graterol is wasting no time introducing himself to Los Angeles Dodgers fans.

The 21-year-old pitcher went viral this week in an exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks when he hit 99 mph on a pitch and caught his gold chain, which had come flying off his neck, without missing a beat.

Many on Twitter sounded convinced by what they had seen from Graterol, not only with the unlikely catch but with the outing as a whole as well.

If you recall, Graterol was a prospect who was originally part of the Mookie Betts blockbuster trade. The Minnesota Twins were supposed to send him to the Boston Red Sox as part of a three-team deal with the Dodgers, but the Red Sox became concerned about the medicals of Graterol, who previously underwent Tommy John surgery, and backed out. The Dodgers then agreed to a revised trade with the Red Sox for Betts before acquiring Graterol in a separate deal with the Twins for a package centered around Kenta Maeda.

Assuming that Graterol can stay healthy for the Dodgers, it’s hard not to get excited about a pitcher who can flirt with triple digits on the radar gun and look smooth as heck while doing it too.

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