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J.R. Graham | Relief Pitcher | #67

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/14/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Santa Clara
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 4 (0) / ATL
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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that free agent RHP J.R. Graham will throw for scouts on Friday in Florida.
Graham, 28, was released by the Yankees in February after compiling a 4.55 ERA and 1.62 WHIP at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The former fourth-round pick of the Braves has pitched in 40 big league games for the Twins from 2015-2016, registering a 5.10 ERA with 55 strikeouts in just-over 65 innings for Minnesota in that time frame. Mar 14 - 8:42 PM

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Yankees released RHP J.R. Graham.

The 28-year-old hurler hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2016. He spent the 2017 season split between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he compiled a 4.55 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 32/12 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings of work.
Feb 4 - 4:16 PM

Yankees sent RHP J.R. Graham outright to Triple-A Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Graham was acquired from the Twins back in May and posted a 3.27 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 44 innings in the minors this season.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Yankees acquired RHP J.R. Graham from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash; optioned him to Double-A Trenton.

Graham was designated for assignment by the Twins last week. The pitching-needy Yankees are hoping a change of scenery will help the former Rule 5 pick regain some of that promise.
Sat, May 14, 2016 11:53:00 AM

Twins designated RHP J.R. Graham for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Darin Mastroianni. The Twins kept Graham on the roster all of last season after taking him in the Rule 5 Draft, but he's now off the 40-man roster after making one appearance in 2016.
Fri, May 6, 2016 01:49:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP J.R. Graham from Triple-A Rochester.

Graham will give the Twins' bullpen the fresh arm it so badly needs. He had an underwhelming 4.95 ERA and 53/21 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings for Minnesota last year.
Tue, May 3, 2016 11:46:00 PM

Twins optioned RHP J.R. Graham to Triple-A Rochester.

Graham, 26, posted a 4.95 ERA and 53/21 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings as a rookie last season. He figures to contribute out of the Twins' bullpen at some point this season, but he'll begin the year in the minors.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 10:02:00 AM

Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports that Twins reliever J.R. Graham has accidentally dropped 30 pounds over the offseason.

All Graham has done is stop eating pizza and drinking alcohol while starting to eat breakfast. The healthier choices have dropped his weight from around 200 pounds all the way down to 170. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a disappointing 4.95 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 63 2/3 innings in his rookie campaign in 2015. He'll compete for a spot in the Twins bullpen this spring.
Sat, Jan 30, 2016 01:49:00 AM

Twins activated RHP J.R. Graham from the 15-day disabled list.

Graham missed two weeks with a right shoulder strain. The Rule 5 pick holds a 5.15 ERA over 34 relief appearances this season.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 04:18:00 PM

J.R. Graham (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Graham has missed the last two weeks with a right shoulder strain but is ready to roll. The Rule 5 pick holds a 5.15 ERA over 34 relief appearances this season.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 10:37:00 PM

Twins placed RHP J.R. Graham on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

The move comes the day after Graham registered his first major league victory. It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 03:22:00 PM

In his first major league start, J.R. Graham allowed one run over four innings Saturday against the Brewers.

The Twins needed a starter after Monday's rainout and Ricky Nolasco's ankle injury. The hard-throwing Graham gave up a long solo homer to Ryan Braun in the first inning, but held the Brewers off the board otherwise. He allowed six hits and no walks while striking out three, which is pretty much all the Twins could have asked for under the circumstances.
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 05:49:00 PM

J.R. Graham is expected to start on Saturday against the Brewers.

The Twins need a spot starter following their doubleheader earlier this week. Graham has pitched exclusively in relief this season but came up through the minors as a starter. He threw 60 pitches over three innings in his last appearance on Sunday.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 09:54:00 AM

J.R. Graham entered Sunday's game against the Blue Jays in the second inning and allowed one run (unearned) over three innings.

Graham was pushed into emergency duty early after Twins starter Ricky Nolasco went down with an injury in the first. He gave the team three innings, striking out four and walking one. While Graham didn't scoop up a win in the game, he was awarded a hold, his first of the season. Over 20 1/3 innings of relief, he's pitched to a 3.10 ERA with a 16/7 K/BB ratio.
Sun, May 31, 2015 05:29:00 PM

J.R. Graham pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings Friday to lower his spring ERA to 0.84.

The 25-year-old Graham, a Rule 5 pick from the Braves, has essentially clinched a spot in the Twins' bullpen, and judging from his performance this spring, he'll probably get some work in close games. His stuff was off last year in Double-A because of shoulder problems, but he's looked good in Twins camp.
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 05:20:00 PM

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