Monday, May 16, 2016

Meet a Prospect: J.R. Graham


The New York Yankees need all arms on deck this season if they are going to make a comeback in the AL East Division race and playoff push after losing a few arms to the disabled list already this season. CC Sabathia may be back on Friday in Oakland and there is no definitive timetable for the return of Luis Severino while a slew of the Scranton Shuttle are done for the year with Tommy John surgery leaving a big hole in the Yankees pitching depth. With that in mind the Yankees made a trade this week with the Minnesota Twins to bring some of that depth back when the organization acquired J.R. Graham for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Let's meet him. This is Meet a Prospect: The J.R. Graham Edition.

J.R. Graham was a Rule 5 pick of the Twins from the Minnesota Twins last season and the right-hander was able to stick in the Twins bullpen all season. Graham posted 65.1 innings with Minnesota while posting a 5.10 ERA and 4.63 FIP. Graham sports a mid-90 MPH fastball and a mid-80 MPH slider that is considered to be his out pitch. Graham also throws a changeup but as with many relief pitchers it is considered raw and mediocre at best at this point in his career. Graham was designated for assignment a few days ago by Minnesota and will now look to latch on with New York for the remainder of the season.

Graham was immediately assigned to Double-A Trenton with the Trenton Thunder but was given a 40 man roster spot showing that he is a quick DFA candidate and/or Scranton Shuttle rider in the near future.

Here is what Graham has brought the Twins and Triple-A Rochester this season:

Year Lg W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2016 AAA 0 2 10.80 8 7 3 8.1 11 10 10 1 7 7 2.160 11.9 1.1 7.6 7.6
2016 AL 0 0 10.80 1 0 0 1.2 3 2 2 0 1 2 46 2.48 2.400 16.2 0.0 5.4 10.8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/15/2016.

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