MLB: D-backs sign Venezuelan catcher with 15 years in Minor Leagues

The Venezuelan receiver Juan Graterol landed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right batting backstop was paired with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds between 2016-19, combining to add 129 plate appearances during those four seasons.

Juan José ‘El Grate’ Graterol has much more experience at Triple-A, where he is a career .280 / .321 / .344 hitter in parts of 15 seasons, since he debuted in 2006 with the Kansas City Royals:

The 32-year-old (33 in February) and 1.85 meters tall, spent the 2021 campaign with the main affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .293 / .355 / .359 with a pair of home runs in 186 plate appearances.

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At the highest level, his career numbers are .218, with no home run and 14 RBIs in 67 games. He only has six extra bases, which have been doubles. Will he return to MLB?

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I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: D-backs sign Venezuelan catcher with 15 years in Minor Leagues