2019 MLB Playoffs: Pitching prospects that could make a difference in AL

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 07: Deivi Garcia #64 of the American League Futures Team pitches during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 07: Deivi Garcia #64 of the American League Futures Team pitches during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Twins – Brusdar Graterol

It is not a matter of if, but when, Brusdar Graterol appears with the Minnesota Twins.

Minnesota assistant general manager Rob Anthony indicated that Graterol would be a part of the Twins push to the 2019 MLB playoffs, and the young righty has not done anything to change those plans. He has dominated in the minors this season, posting an excellent 1.62 ERA and a 0.970 WHiP, striking out 54 batters with 21 walks in his 55.2 innings.

Considered a possible top of the rotation arm, Graterol will likely pitch out of the bullpen when he arrives in Minnesota. He has already moved into that role in the minors, where his electric upper 90s fastball and hard slider can play up even further. That stuff could make him a star regardless of his future role.

The Twins do have potential openings in either the rotation or the bullpen. They had made moves at the deadline to strengthen their relief corps, bringing in both Sam Dyson and Sergio Romo. While Romo has been solid, Dyson has been a disappointment.

Meanwhile, the rotation could use an upgrade over either Michael Pineda or Martin Perez. Graterol could be that second top of the rotation arm to pair with Jose Berrios, potentially giving Minnesota a formidable 1-2 punch come the postseason.

The Minnesota Twins will be bringing Brusdar Graterol to the majors at some point. Regardless of his role, he should make an immediate impact.