On Wednesday afternoon the Cincinnati Reds claimed catcher Juan Graterol off of waivers. Until the World Series is over teams can still use the 60-day disabled list when it comes to the 40-man roster. The pick up of Graterol puts the Reds at 39 players until that point in time.

If the name sounds familiar to you, there’s probably a reason for that. Nearly two years ago Juan Graterol was a Cincinnati Reds. If it doesn’t sound familiar to you, there’s probably a reason for that, too. He was a Red for less than a month and that month came between November 28th and December 23rd of 2016. That is when the Reds also claimed him off of waivers from the Angels. The organization tried passing him through waivers of their own and he was claimed by the Diamondbacks. Since then he’s been waived three more times, traded once, and released once.

Juan Graterol has spent small amounts of the last three seasons in the Major Leagues. In 2016 he played in nine games with the Angels. In 2017 he played in 48 games for the Angels, racking up 87 plate appearances. And in 2018 he played in four games – one with the Angles, and three more with the Minnesota Twins. For his career he’s played in 61 games and has had 111 plate appearances. In that span he’s hit .217/.227/.274 with two walks and 16 strikeouts.

In 2018 at the minor league level he saw time in both Rochester and Salt Lake, both Triple-A teams. While in Rochester, with the Twins organization, he hit .284/.317/.336 in 123 plate appearances. He walked twice and struck out just three times. In Salt Lake with the Angels organization, he hit .322/.347/.378 in 96 plate appearances with three walks and 10 strikeouts. In total he hit .301/.330/.354 in 219 plate appearances. You’ve heard about the three-true-outcome player, right? Graterol is the one-true-outcome guy. He doesn’t walk and he doesn’t have power. He doesn’t strikeout. In 650 career games as a professional he’s hit 13 home runs, walked 113 times, and he’s struck out 243 times.

What Juan Grateol is known for, though, is his defense. He’s said to handle a pitching staff very well and he helps control the run game. For his career he’s thrown out 38% of opposing base runners.

The question here is will the Reds keep him around on the 40-man as a 3rd catcher who is going to be 30-years-old with hardly any big league experience? Or will they attempt to sneak him through waivers again? My guess will be that they try and get him through waivers. He would be great to keep around as depth in Triple-A. But it’s a tough sell to keep him on the 40-man roster at this point.

5 Responses

  1. Cguy

    Apparently Graterol (if he sneaks through waivers) will be an upgrade in Louisville over Stuart Turner? Tromp? Martinez? Really? I would have preferred to try to keep Federowicz than pick up Graterol.

      • Cguy

        Evidently Tim got the wrong message when the Reds outrighted him to Louisville.

  2. Walt Jocketty

    “I’ll never understand this front office.”
    -The average reds fan.

  3. GM Nep O'Tism

    Looks pretty brutal with the bat.

    Career in AAA:
    .057 ISO
    2.8% BB

    He hasn’t hit a HR at any level since 2016, when he hit 2 in 246 PA in AAA. Tiny sample size of 111 PA in the majors, but a 36 OPS+ and now he’s 30 years old. If the Reds actually need him at some point in time, they are going to be in huge trouble.