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J.R. Graham | Relief Pitcher | #62

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/14/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Santa Clara
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 4 (0) / ATL
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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. May 14 - 11:53 AM

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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.
May 6 - 1:49 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.
May 3 - 11:46 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.
Mar 23 - 10:02 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.
Jan 30 - 1:49 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

Twins picked RHP J.R. Graham from the Braves with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Graham was maybe the biggest name available today, but he took a huge step back last season, amassing a 5.55 ERA in 71 1/3 innings in Double-A and dealing with a shoulder problem for the second year in a row, causing the Braves to leave him available. If he looks better in spring training, the Twins should stick him in the pen and hope for the best; he has showed plenty of upside in the past.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Braves prospect RHP J.R. Graham allowed two runs on four hits and recorded only one out on Tuesday for Double-A Mississippi.

Graham, 24, was officially moved to Mississippi’s bullpen earlier in the month after posting a 5.26 ERA over 63 1/3 innings as a starter. Unfortunately, he hasn’t fared any better in the new role, allowing seven runs on 13 hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings, and he’s now been scored on in three straight appearances. Graham simply hasn’t been the same after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in mid-May of 2013, as he’s lost some of the velocity and sinking action on his fastball. However, the right-hander still has the potential to carve out a role in the Braves' bullpen if he's able to return to his 2012 form.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 03:06:00 PM

Braves right-handed pitching prospect J.R. Graham tossed five shutout innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.

Graham scattered three singles and one hit batsman while striking out three batters. He only went five innings, but has been on a pitch count for the entire season, and threw 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes (65%) before being pulled after the fifth inning. Graham has the potential to be a mid-rotation stalwart, but the Braves are handling him with kid gloves after he missed most of the 2013 season with shoulder issues.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 12:09:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Rob Refsnyder
3Chris Parmelee
4Greg Bird
2B1Starlin Castro
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Dustin Ackley
3Mat Gamel
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3Nathan Eovaldi
4Ivan Nova
5CC Sabathia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Andrew Miller
3Dellin Betances
4Kirby Yates
5Richard Bleier
6Anthony Swarzak
7Luis Cessa
8Branden Pinder
9Bryan Mitchell