Signed: International Free Agent 9/6/05
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Juan Graterol is the third young Latin American catcher that has been featured in the top prospects list here at Royal Revival. However, he is an aberration in that he is a holdover from the Allard Baird era having signed in 2005. Graterol seemingly has above average plate discipline and contact skills at this point in his career, especially when you consider that a catcher's hitting skill are usually the last thing to develop. What I would like to see though is an improvement in his power game, however for the time being I'm happy with the high average at such a young age in full season ball. I don't know much about his defense but out of Graterol, Salvador Perez, and Jose Bonilla, he gets the edge given his deeper progression in the system. I expect him to get an assignment to the friendly confines of Frawley Stadium for the 2010 season.