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J.R. Graham | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/14/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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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. Mar 27 - 5:20 PM

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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

Braves right-handed pitching prospect J.R. Graham struck out six in four innings for Double-A Mississippi on Monday.

The Braves are clearly handling Graham with kid gloves, as he has yet to pitch into the sixth inning in 2014. He has done well in Double-A, but the Braves plan to limit his pitches may make it tough for him to log enough innings to make it to Atlanta in 2014. However, the Braves may be limiting his innings in an attempt to keep him an option for a late season promotion.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Braves right-handed pitching prospect J.R. Graham threw five no-hit innings in his first start of 2014.

Graham walked one batter and struck out three, but he looked good in his first start of 2014. Graham only made eight starts in 2013 due to a right shoulder strain, but he had no structural damage and has looked strong thus far in his return to Double-A. If Graham continues to do well, he could see some time in Atlanta at the end of the season.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 11:27:00 AM

J.R. Graham (shoulder) has felt good since he resumed throwing off a mound last week.

Graham was shut down in May with a right shoulder strain, but he is making steady progress. The plan calls for him to incorporate breaking balls into his bullpen session on Tuesday. One of the Braves' top pitching prospects, the 23-year-old right-hander owns a 2.72 ERA and 190/57 K/BB ratio over 241 1/3 minor league innings.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 11:20:00 AM

J.R. Graham (shoulder) has been throwing in instructional league games in Kissimmee, Florida.

Graham was shut down in May with a right shoulder strain and did not return. The talented 23-year-old has posted a promising 2.72 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 190/57 K/BB ratio over his first 241 1/3 minor league innings, and should be ready to take a step forward next summer.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 12:18:00 PM

Braves prospect right-hander J.R. Graham has been prescribed rest to address his right shoulder strain.

Graham received two opinions and has been cleared of any structural damage. "The prognosis was excellent that he’ll be back pitching in about a month," Braves general manager Frank Wren said.
Thu, May 16, 2013 07:43:00 PM

Braves prospect right-hander J.R. Graham will get a second opinion on his right shoulder from a specialist in Atlanta.

Graham is seeking another opinion after the first doctor he saw offered no definitive diagnosis. The righty exited a start for Double-A Mississippi Monday after feeling soreness while warming up before the third inning.
Wed, May 15, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Braves prospect right-hander J.R. Graham left Monday's start with Double-A Mississippi after he experienced discomfort in his throwing arm and shoulder between innings.

It doesn't sound like a major concern, as Graham doesn't think it will prevent him from making his next start. Meanwhile, Braves general manager Frank Wren described his exit as "precautionary" and said he "tested well and will be reevaluated tomorrow." Graham, 23, owns a 4.04 ERA and 28/10 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings in eight starts this season. Baseball America ranked him as the game's No. 93 prospect coming into the season.
Tue, May 14, 2013 08:54:00 AM

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2Casey Fien
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