Minnesota Twins: 5 potential trade chips ahead of the MLB trade deadline

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Brusdar Graterol – SP

The Twins will likely have to give up a pitcher to get a deal done and if they’re not interested in trading Balazovic, Minnesota could look elsewhere. One of those names is Brusdar Graterol, who is currently considered as the Twins top pitching prospect.

Graterol’s 2019 season has gotten off to a great start at Double-A Pensacola, as he compiled a 5-0 record with a 1.89 ERA in nine starts. This performance came on the heels of a dominating 2018 season with an 8-4 record and 2.74 ERA between Low-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, positioning himself as one of the top prospects in the game and ranking as high as 33rd on Baseball America’s Top 101 Prospects list.

While Graterol’s numbers look great, his latest injury is concerning. The 20-year old went on the injured list in May with a shoulder injury and there is currently no timetable for his return. There is a chance that an opposing team could throw caution to the wind here, but if they’re giving up a premium asset, Graterol’s shoulder will be a huge sticking point in a potential trade.

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