Kendall Graveman

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Kendall Graveman
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 31
Pitcher
Born: (1990-12-21) December 21, 1990 (age 23)
Alexander City, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
(through September 22, 2014)
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 10.80
Strikeouts 1
WHIP 1.20
Teams

Kendall Chase Graveman[1] (born December 21, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by Toronto in the 8th round of the 2013 MLB draft and played parts of 2 seasons in minor league baseball before being called up to the Blue Jays in September 2014.

High school & college[edit]

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 career[edit]

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 3923 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 16713 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 career[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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. 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. 

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