The Angels have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Juan Graterol, as first reported by Efrain Zavarce of Venezuela’s IVC Networks (Twitter link). He’ll be in Major League camp this spring.
Graterol, 32, in February, made his Major League debut with the Halos back in 2016 and has since had brief MLB stints in Minnesota and Cincinnati as well. He spent the 2020 season in the Twins’ 60-man player pool but didn’t get a call to the big leagues from their alternate training site in St. Paul. He’s appeared in a total of 67 MLB games, batting .218/.227/.266 through a small sample of 129 plate appearances.
Though he lacks an extensive big league track record, Graterol is a career .277/.313/.340 hitter in parts of six Triple-A seasons — numbers that generally fall in line with his career .272/.320/.336 slash through 14 minor league seasons. He boasts a 37 percent caught-stealing rate in the minors and a 32 percent clip in his limited MLB time, and Graterol has a solid reputation as a pitch-framer as well. For an Angels club that currently only has two catchers on the 40-man roster — Max Stassi and Anthony Bemboom — it’s sensible to stock up on some experienced depth to carry in Spring Training and perhaps in Triple-A to open the season.