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62 J.R. Graham RP
Height/Weight: 5-11/210 | Birthdate: 1/14/1990 | Birthplace: Livermore, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 1/0
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Twins pitcher J.R. Graham shines in spot-start on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) 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. 


Twins' Paul Molitor: J.R. Graham likely to start Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) 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.


Twins P J.R. Graham pitches two scoreless innings in 4-0 loss


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) 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.


Twins prospect J.R. Graham making push for bullpen role


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) 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."


Twins select Braves pitcher J.R. Graham in Rule 5 draft


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) 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.


Braves to keep J.R. Graham in starting role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) The Braves have no plans to move pitching prospect J.R. Graham into a minor-league relief role, MLB.com 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.


J.R. Graham won't have any limitations in spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) 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 MLB.com.

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.


Jason Hursh, Tommy La Stella headline Braves' non-roster invitees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) 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, MLB.com 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.


J.R. Graham feeling good after throwing


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) Braves pitcher J.R. Graham is feeling good after throwing off a mound, according to MLB.com.

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.


J.R. Graham getting work in instructional league


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/14/2013) 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 MLB.com, 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.


J.R. Graham to rehab for a month


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2013) After meeting with a shoulder specialist, Braves starting pitcher prospect J.R. Graham has been diagnosed with a shoulder strain, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He plans to rehab for a month before getting back on the mound.

Graham left his start for Double-A Mississippi Monday after two innings. Graham entered the season as the Braves' fourth-best prospect, according to MLB.com.


J.R. Graham placed on DL with shoulder strain


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2013) Braves pitching prospect J.R. Graham has been placed on the minor-league disabled list with a shoulder strain, according to MLB.com.

Graham had to leave his Monday start after experiencing discomfort in his back and shoulder. He lasted just two innings. He was examined by team doctors, and there is no timetable for Graham's return. He has a 4.04 ERA in eight starts this year. 


J.R. Graham to see team specialist


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2013) Braves pitching prospect J.R. Graham is headed to Atlanta to see a team specialist about his right shoulder, which has no definitive diagnosis, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Graham left Monday's start because of discomfort in his right arm and shoulder.

J.R. Graham lands on minor-league DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2013) The Braves announced Wednesday starting pitching prospect J.R. Graham was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Double-A Mississippi with a right shoulder strain, according to MLB.com. Graham suffered the injury in his last start Monday.

He is 1-3 with a 4.04 ERA and .283 opponents' batting average in eight starts. He also has 28 strikeouts and 10 walks in 35 2/3 innings.


J.R. Graham leaves Double-A start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2013) Braves starting pitcher prospect J.R. Graham had to leave his start Monday for Double-A Mississippi because of discomfort in his throwing arm and shoulder, per MLB.com. Graham had tossed two scoreless innings before calling for trainers while warming up in the third.

Graham is hopeful he will make his next start this weekend.

"It feels good," Graham said. "I had a little discomfort and was pulled for precautionary reasons. I went back with the trainer and tested it out and it was fine. Just something didn't feel right when I was throwing, nothing specific ... just while I was warming up. There was no prior discomfort."

Braves general manager Frank Wren said Graham was pulled for "precautionary" reasons and he "tested well." 

"I will get it checked out and hopefully I'll be ready for my next start," Graham said. "My trainer said my strength and flexibility and range of motion were fine. I'll wait until (Tuesday) and ... just see how it goes."

Graham, who entered the season as the Braves' fourth-best prospect by MLB.com, is 1-3 with a 4.04 ERA and .283 opponents' batting average through eight starts.


J.R. Graham heading to minor- league camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2013) The Braves have reassigned 23-year-old pitching prospect J.R. Graham to minor-league camp after throwing two shutout innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest against the Yankees.

Graham tossed nine scoreless innings and gave up just six hits while with the big-league club.

"We saw him earlier pin his ear back and try to throw it 100 [mph]," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The last couple of outings out, he has been able to mix his pitches a lot better. When he does that, he almost becomes unhittable."

Graham is expected to start the season at Double-A Mississippi and could earn a chance to work his way up to Triple-A Gwinnett this season.


Graham emulating idol Hudson


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2013) For highly touted Braves pitching prospect J.R. Graham, the instruction he will receive during his first big-league spring training couldn't come from a better source: Tim Hudson. After all, the veteran right-hander is his childhood idol dating back to Hudson's playing days with the Athletics. "I always kind of liked how he threw and he was a good guy to emulate," Graham told MLB.com. "He's a smaller guy like I am, maybe a little taller and thinner. But it just kind of happened that I threw like him. ... He throws that nice moving sinker, and mine is a two-seam [fastball]. He's getting that early contact and he's going seven, eight or nine innings every game. A durable guy like that is someone to look up to."