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Kendall Chase Graveman[1] (born December 21, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of the Major League Baseball (MLB). He previous played for the Oakland Athletics. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth round of the 2013 MLB draft and played parts of two seasons in minor league baseball before being called up by the Blue Jays in September 2014.

Kendall Graveman
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Graveman with the Athletics in 2015
Chicago Cubs – No. 59
Starting pitcher
Born: (1990-12-21) December 21, 1990 (age 28)
Alexander City, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 2014, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record23–29
Earned run average4.38
Strikeouts286
Teams

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High school & collegeEdit

Graveman attended Benjamin Russell High School, where he posted a 6–3 record with a 1.19 earned run average and 90 strikeouts over 63 innings in his senior year.[1] In 2010, his first year at Mississippi State University, Graveman was used primarily as a reliever and finished the season with a 2–4 record and a 7.02 ERA.[1] In 2011, he made 14 appearances (9 starts), compiling a 5–0 record and a 3.65 ERA.[1] Graveman was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 36th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign with the team.[2] In his senior year at MSU, he made 16 starts, including all of the team's 10 starts against teams in the SEC, and posted a 4–4 record with a 2.81 ERA and 59 strikeouts.[1]

Minor league careerEdit

Graveman was selected in the 8th round, 235th overall, by the Blue Jays in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[3] He received a signing bonus of $5,000,[4] and was assigned to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts. Graveman would pitch to a 1–3 record and a 4.31 earned run average over 39​23 innings in 2013.[2]

He began the 2014 season with Lansing, but was promoted to the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays after making 4 starts for the Lugnuts and posting a 2–0 record with a 0.34 ERA, including a near no-hitter over the Beloit Snappers.[5][6] In Dunedin, he compiled an 8–4 record in 16 starts, with a 2.23 ERA and 64 strikeouts.[2] Graveman was promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats and made just 1 start, a 6-inning win over the Binghamton Mets, before being promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[7][8] In his Triple-A debut, he took the loss, pitching 6 innings in a 2–1 loss to the Norfolk Tides.[9] Graveman would allow only 1 earned run in his following 3 starts, bringing his ERA to 1.04 through 26 innings with Buffalo.[10] He finished the 2014 minor league season with a 14–6 record over 167​13 innings, with an ERA of 1.83, 115 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.03. He also gave up only 2 home runs and issued 31 walks, for a BB/9 of 1.7.[2] On September 3, Graveman was named to Baseball America's First Team All-Stars for 2014.[4]

Major league careerEdit

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On September 1, 2014, Graveman was called up to the Blue Jays as a part of the September roster expansion.[11][12] He made his MLB debut on September 5, against the Boston Red Sox. Graveman made 5 total appearances for the Blue Jays in 2014, and posted a 3.86 ERA, 4 strikeouts, no walks, and a 0.86 WHIP in 4​23 innings pitched.[13]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On November 28, 2014, Graveman was traded to the Oakland Athletics, along with Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, and Franklin Barreto, for Josh Donaldson.[14] After opening the season as the fifth starter, Graveman was optioned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on April 26, 2015 after going 1-2 with an 8.27 ERA in 16.1 innings.[15] Graveman was called back up to the A's on May 23.[16] He finished his rookie season with a 6–9 record and 4.05 ERA in 21 starts.[13]

 
Graveman pitching for Oakland in 2015.

On April 20, 2016, Graveman became the first pitcher to bat at the new Yankee Stadium and struck out after 3 pitches.[17][18] Graveman batted in the clean-up spot, and became the first pitcher to bat clean-up since Babe Ruth in 1920.[19] Graveman became the A's only consistent starter for the 2016 season, notching 10 wins in 31 starts.

With Sonny Gray starting the 2017 season on the DL with a lat strain, Graveman was chosen to start on opening day, the first opening day start of his career. He pitched six innings, struck out seven and took the win over the Los Angeles Angels. On April 17, 2017, Graveman was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a right shoulder strain.[20] His first game back with the A's, April 27, Graveman executed an unassisted double play. The previous such play made by an Oakland pitcher was on July 11, 1971, by Blue Moon Odom, who was in attendance at Angel Stadium to see Graveman make the play.[21] After starting a couple of games after being activated, Graveman was placed again on the disabled list on May 29 due to shoulder soreness.[22]

On March 20, Graveman was announced to take the mound to open the 2018 season, making his second consecutive opening day start.[23] After starting the season 0–5 with an 8.89 ERA, Graveman was demoted to Triple-A on April 26.[24] Graveman underwent Tommy John surgery on July 24, 2018. He was non-tendered by the Athletics on November 30, 2018, and became a free agent.[25]

Chicago CubsEdit

Graveman signed a one-year contract with an option for the 2020 season with the Chicago Cubs on December 23, 2018.[26]

Scouting reportEdit

Graveman is a sinkerballer, throwing his sinker between 91 and 96 MPH. He also throws a cutter, a slider, and a change-up.[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Kendall Graveman – Mississippi State University Bulldogs Official Athletic Site". hailstate.com. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kendall Graveman Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Dakers, Tom (June 7, 2013). "Blue Jays Pick Kendall Graveman RHP in the 8 Round, Pick 235". bluebirdbanter.com. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Eddy, Matt (September 3, 2014). "Minor League All-Star Team 2014". Baseball America. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  5. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (April 18, 2014). "Lugnuts' Graveman loses no-hitter in ninth". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  6. ^ Franzoni, Kyle. "Interview: Getting to know Blue Jays prospect Kendall Graveman". jaysjournal.com. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  7. ^ Stevens, Kevin (July 28, 2014). "BMets fall to New Hampshire, newcomer AA pitcher". pressconnects.com. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Graveman to start for Bisons Saturday". MiLB.com. August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "Graveman pitches well in Herd loss". buffalonews.com. August 2, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  10. ^ DeLuca, Dave (August 17, 2014). "Walkoff homer sinks Herd, 3–2". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  11. ^ Davidi, Shi (September 1, 2014). "Pompey, Norris among 9 called up by Blue Jays". Sportsnet. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  12. ^ Bonner, Michael (September 1, 2014). "Former Bulldog Graveman gets call to big leagues". clarionledger.com. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Kendall Graveman Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  14. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (November 28, 2014). "Donaldson reeled in from A's for Lawrie, prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  15. ^ Silva, Drew (April 26, 2015). "A's option fifth starter Kendall Graveman to AAA". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  16. ^ "Athletics put Coco Crisp on 15-day DL". espn.com. Associated Press. May 23, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  17. ^ https://twitter.com/AP_Sports/status/722997696529858560
  18. ^ Baer, Bill. "Graveman becomes first pitcher to bat at new Yankees Stadium". mlb.nbcsports.com/. NBC Sports. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  19. ^ DaSilva, Cameron (April 21, 2016). "A's pitcher becomes first starter to bat cleanup since Babe Ruth". foxsports.com. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  20. ^ Lee, Jane. "Shoulder strain forces Graveman to DL". MLB. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  21. ^ Monagan, Matt (April 27, 2017). "Watch Kendall Graveman turn a highly unusual and incredible unassisted double play". MLB.com. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  22. ^ "Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Officially placed on DL". cbssports.com. May 29, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  23. ^ https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/csn/as/A_s_announce_2018_Opening_Day_starter-477430963.html
  24. ^ Gallegos, Martin (April 26, 2018). "A's option Opening Day starter Kendall Graveman to Triple-A". mercurynews.com. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  25. ^ "A's allow Kendall Graveman, Mike Fiers to become free agents". SFChronicle.com. 2018-12-01. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  26. ^ http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/25595180/chicago-cubs-agree-terms-pitcher-kendall-graveman
  27. ^ Lockard, Melissa (December 3, 2014). "OAKLAND A'S PROSPECT REPORT: KENDALL GRAVEMAN". athletics.scout.com. Retrieved April 27, 2015.

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