"We like him as a starter," said director of player development/assistant general manager Bruce Manno. "He has started before for us. He had a shoulder issue last summer and rehabbed during the rest of last season and in the offseason. He came to Spring Training healthy and ready to go. Our feeling is we'd like to have him remain as a starter."
Graham made just eight starts last season while dealing with a strained shoulder.
Graham, who is considered the Braves' third-best prospect by Baseball America, was 1-3 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in eight starts for Double-A Mississippi last season before being shut down. The 2011 fourth-round pick was 12-2 with a 2.80 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 26 starts in 2012 between high Class A and Double-A.
The Braves' other invitees include pitchers
The Braves' first-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft, Hursh allowed two earned runs in 27 innings while striking out 15 and walking 10 at Class A Rome in his first season with the organization.
La Stella, who could compete for a starting role at second base, hit .343/.422/.473 with four home runs, 41 RBI and seven stolen bases in 283 at-bats with Double-A Mississippi last season.
Graham has been out since mid-May with a shoulder strain. He'll attempt to start throwing breaking balls during his Tuesday session. Graham did not pitch in the majors this season.
Graham started eight games at Double-A Mississippi this season, going 1-3 with a 4.04 ERA.
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