Call up Brusdar Graterol
Finally, we come to a situation that would go against everything the Twins have stood for regarding prospects. The Twins have always been reluctant (see this year’s trade deadline) to part with their top prospects, but have never been the aggressor when calling them up for a playoff push. Maybe the 2004 Jason Kubel disaster has something to do with it, but young players never seem to be the missing piece for a contending Twins team.
That opportunity may come this year, however, as the Twins might have their wild card in Brusdar Graterol. The 20-year old’s season has been a ride as he started out dominating at Double-A Pensacola with a 5-0 record and a 1.89 ERA, but was shut down in mid-May with a shoulder injury. Graterol would return toward the end of July and immediately started pumping 101 MPH fastballs past hitters of the Gulf Coast League.
After recording four strikeouts in three perfect innings, the Twins recently returned him to the Blue Wahoos, where he’s expected to make an audition for a late-season callup.
In past years, Francisco Rodriguez and David Price have made a major impact in postseason runs despite limited postseason experience and with Twins fans still having a headache over Sam Dyson‘s stint as a Twin, it might be time for the Twins to throw a wild card on the table and see what they have.