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February 5, 2018 04:32 PM
J.R. Graham: Cut loose by New York
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graham was released by the Yankees on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

The 2011 fourth-round draft pick attempted to revive his professional career in the Yankees organization last season to no avail. Graham could only muster a 6.64 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP in 20.1 innings pitched at Triple-A last season. Given this rough stat line, it doesn't seem like he'll be anything more than an organizational depth piece if he manages to find a new organization to call home.

September 26, 2016 04:32 PM
Yankees' J.R. Graham: Outrighted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graham was outrighted to Triple-A on Monday.

Graham began the season in Minnesota before coming to New York via trade in mid-May. The 26-year-old spent the remainder of the season at the Double and Triple-A levels, with the bulk of his work coming at Double-A Trenton. Monday's move simply removes Graham from the 40-man roster.

May 14, 2016 02:12 PM
Yankees' J.R. Graham: Traded to Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graham was traded to the Yankees on Saturday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Once a noteworthy prospect in the Braves organization, Graham struggled largely as a member of the Twins organization over the past two seasons, and the Yankees will see if they can salvage his professional career. He has made just one start since 2014, and will likely be developed as a reliever by the Yankees. Graham will be optioned to Double-A Trenton.

May 6, 2016 01:48 PM
Twins' J.R. Graham: Designated for assignment Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graham was designated for assignment Friday, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Twins brought Darin Mastroianni and Juan Centeno up from Triple-A, so two spots on the 40-man roster needed to be cleared for them. Graham was not good in his lone appearance out of the Twins bullpen, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings of work, which made him more expendable to the organization. He'll head back to the minors and act as organizational pitching depth going forward.

May 4, 2016 12:15 AM
Twins' J.R. Graham: To be recalled
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graham will be recalled by the Twins, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Graham hasn't been particularly impressive at Rochester this season, allowing 10 runs in just 8.1 innings. He will add an extra arm to the Twins' bullpen but his stay isn't expected to last beyond Ervin Santana's (back) activation from the disabled list, which could come as soon as Saturday.

March 23, 2016 10:09 AM
Twins' J.R. Graham: Optioned to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graham was optioned to Triple-A Rochester.

Graham spent all last season with the Twins as a Rule 5 pick, so the Twins may want him to get some time at Triple-A this year. Despite a 4.95 ERA last seasson, Graham showed some promise with a 7.5 K/9 and 94.7 mph average fastball. He should be called up at some point this summer.

March 10, 2016 09:46 AM
Twins' J.R. Graham: Weight loss doesn't hurt fastball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graham lost around 30 pounds during the offseason but it hasn't impacted his velocity as he topped out at 96 mph on fastballs in Wednesday's spring outing, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He's still got his velocity," Molitor said. "We were wondering how the ball was going come out of his hand this spring after his, transformation, if you will. Things have been fairly clean so far."

Despite a 4.95 ERA last seasson, Graham showed some promise with a 7.5 K/9 and 94.7 mph average fastball. He looks set to be part of Minnesota's bullpen again.

September 11, 2015 10:40 PM
Twins RP J.R. Graham returns from DL on Friday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Twins reliever J.R. Graham was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, according to the team's transactions page. Graham has been out of action since the end of August due to right shoulder inflammation.

September 6, 2015 05:10 PM
Twins pitcher J.R. Graham expected to return soon
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Twins pitcher J.R. Graham has been making progress from his shoulder issue and is expected to be activated before Friday's game, reports

Graham has been able to throw bullpen sessions recently without any issues. He is eligible to return from the disabled list Thursday.

"I'm feeling really good," Graham said. "It's good to be here, obviously."

August 26, 2015 04:20 PM
Twins activate RP Blaine Boyer; J.R. Graham goes on DL
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

The Twins have activated right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer from the 15-day disabled list. Boyer has not pitched since August 9 due to right elbow inflammation.

To make room on the roster, fellow reliever J.R. Graham was placed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation.

June 12, 2015 04:27 AM
Twins pitcher J.R. Graham shines in spot-start on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Twins pitcher J.R. Graham was solid in a spot-start on Saturday against the Brewers. Graham lasted four innings, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.  

This was Graham's first career start, and he was impressive. The only run he gave up was a solo home run to Ryan Braun in the first inning. Graham was left with a no-decision in the eventual 4-2 loss. 

Graham tossed 63 pitches on the afternoon, with 45 going for strikes. It is not known if Graham will make another start, or be moved back to the bullpen following Saturday's outing. 

June 12, 2015 04:28 AM
Twins' Paul Molitor: J.R. Graham likely to start Saturday
by Igor Mello |

Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters that right-handed reliever J.R. Graham, a converted starter who threw 60 pitches against Toronto on Sunday, will likely make the start Saturday against Milwaukee, according to the Star Tribune.

Graham owns a 3.10 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 17:7 K:BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings pitched this season.

June 1, 2015 03:03 PM
Twins P J.R. Graham pitches two scoreless innings in 4-0 loss
by Dave Peters |

Twins reliever J.R. Graham pitched two scoreless innings in Monday's 4-0 loss to the Tigers. Graham walked one batter and gave up two hits, throwing 20 strikes in 31 pitches.

In 2014 with Double-A Mississippi, Graham finished with an ERA of 5.55 in 27 appearances.

June 1, 2015 03:21 PM
Twins prospect J.R. Graham making push for bullpen role
by Brandon Wise |

Twins prospect J.R. Graham has worked an efficient spring training to say the least. Graham took over Tuesday after Brian Duensing was hit with a line drive. The bases were loaded with no outs and he managed to get out of the inning unscathed. 

Manager Paul Molitor loves what the young player has done so far in camp, reports The Star Tribune.

"I loved that," Molitor said. "That kind of got my blood going the right direction."

Because he was a Rule 5 draft pick, the Twins must either keep him on the roster the entire season or offer him back to the Braves.

"If we think a guy has a ceiling, we'll take care of it, but first he has to make the club," general manager Terry Ryan said. "It's tough to carry a Rule 5 guy that doesn't contribute. We're hoping that J.R. Graham, if he does pitch well enough this spring, he could give us thoughts of carrying him."

Graham has no plans of returning to Atlanta.

"I don't want to go back," he said. "I want to stay on the team, I want to make the team. I looked at this as my opportunity. I’m planning on staying."

June 2, 2015 04:51 AM
Twins select Braves pitcher J.R. Graham in Rule 5 draft
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Twins selected Braves pitcher J.R. Graham in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. 

The 2011 fourth-round pick went 1-5 with a 5.55 ERA in 27 appearances (19 starts) for Double-A Mississippi in 2014. The former top-100 prospect is 19-12 with a 3.37 ERA over four minor-league seasons.

June 1, 2015 09:38 PM
Braves to keep J.R. Graham in starting role
by R.J. White |

The Braves have no plans to move pitching prospect J.R. Graham into a minor-league relief role, reports.

"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.

June 1, 2015 11:00 PM
J.R. Graham won't have any limitations in spring training
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Braves said starting pitcher prospect J.R. Graham, who missed the rest of the 2013 season after hurting his shoulder in mid-May, will not have any limitations when spring training begins, according to

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.

June 1, 2015 11:11 PM
Jason Hursh, Tommy La Stella headline Braves' non-roster invitees
by R.J. White |

The Braves have invited 22 non-roster players to participate in major-league spring training, highlighted by pitcher Jason Hursh and infielder Tommy La Stella, reports.

The Braves' other invitees include pitchers Lay Batista, J.R. Graham, Mark Lamm, Cody Martin, Yunesky Maya, Daniel RodriguezGus Schlosser, Atahualpa Severino, Shae Simmons and Ian Thomas; catchers Matt Kennelly, Steven Lerud, Braeden Schlehuber and Jose Yepez; outfielder Matt Lipka; and infielders Mat Gamel, Phil Gosselin, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton and Edward Salcedo.

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.

June 2, 2015 05:32 PM
J.R. Graham feeling good after throwing
by Chris Cwik |

Braves pitcher J.R. Graham is feeling good after throwing off a mound, according to

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.

June 2, 2015 05:45 PM
J.R. Graham getting work in instructional league
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

Braves pitching prospect J.R. Graham has been throwing in the instructional league, working his way back from a shoulder strain that kept him out since mid-May. According to, Graham has progressed to the degree that he is close to ready for game action.

Graham started eight games at Double-A Mississippi this season, going 1-3 with a 4.04 ERA.

Situational Stats
vs LHB 1.000 0.00011
vs RHB 0.200 27.00001
Last 7 Games
Two Week Schedule
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Fantasy Points by Week
Pitching Stats
2015MIN11 4.953910001 63.27341351042153
2016MIN-NYY00 10.80100000 1.23220012
Total 11 5.104010001 65.17643371042255
Batting Stats
2015MIN39000000000 --- --- ---
2016MIN-NYY1000000000 --- --- ---
Total 40000000000 --- --- ---
Fielding Stats
2016MINP1000000 ---
Total  40117611001.000
More Pitching Stats
2015MIN07260 1.3261015 .287283 13.9 .4611
2016MIN-NYY012 0.5000000 .3759 21.6 .6250
Total 07362 1.2961015 .290292 14.1 .4661
Minor League Pitching Stats
2011R-Danville Braves52 1.74138000 57.0521511011352
2012AFA-Lynchburg Hillcats91 2.631717100102.2883430621768
2012AA-Mississippi Braves31 3.1899000 45.1351716221742
2013AA-Mississippi Braves13 4.0488000 35.2391616001028
2014AA-Mississippi Braves15 5.552719000 71.1794744262650

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Livermore, CA
New York Yankees

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