Meet the two newest Red Sox: Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol (Maybe)

 So, how about that trade huh??

The Red Sox did what we all knew was coming and actually traded former MVP and generational talent Mookie Betts, along with David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. While everyone, myself included, thought the Sox were going to be getting a ridiculous haul of prospects including the likes of Gavin Lux, Dustin May, and a cavalcade of others. Instead, we got two youngsters. Instead of being irrationally angry about trading the best player in baseball not named Mike Trout for two prospects, let’s take some time and figure out who they really are. It’s time to take a deep look at Alex Vedugo and Brusdar Graterol.  

Alex Verdugo

Alex Verdugo was the main get in this trade. The 23 year old ranked as high as #19 in top 100 prospect rankings, and saw significant time in the majors this past season. Verdugo, while not necessarily hitting for a great deal of power (only hitting 41 HR’s across six minor league seasons), has raked at all levels of the game. He hit .309 across those 6 minor league seasons and posted a .368 OBP. He also has big league experience playing all three outfield positions, primarily patrolling centerfield in Dodger Stadium. He’s got a howitzer of an arm, plays good defense, runs well, the kid does it all. Oh, did I also mention he has one sexy looking swing?  

With this deal, the Sox are also bringing Verdugo to his favorite childhood team.

Anybody who likes David Ortiz is good in my books.

Brusdar Graterol

If you’re like me and know very little about obscure Twins prospects, then you probably had the same reaction that I did when I saw that we had traded Mookie Betts and David Price for Brusdar Graterol:

But, it turns out that this Brusdar guy looks pretty good. The 21 year old flame thrower has CARVED UP minor league batters for the last 4 years, posting a 2.43 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Honestly, other than that, I know nothing about his statistics. That’s all that baseball reference is telling me. However, what my eyes are telling me is that the Red Sox just traded for a 21 year old who throws a 101 MPH sinker with a 90 MPH slider to boot.

Those two clips alone had me sold on Brusdar. I don’t care if he walks a shit load of guys or doesn’t have a third pitch, if he’s throwing 100 + put him on my team right fucking now. The Red Sox may have just gotten their own Jordan Hicks, and I for one, am here for it.

Now all of this may mean nothing because it appears that our old friend Brusdar is holding up the physicals and this trade might not even go through (LOL Red Sox). But for now Red Sox fans, say hello to your newest acquisitions. You’ll learn to love them eventually.

Photo via Brian Fluherty/ USA Today Sports


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