13 - J.R. Graham
J.R. Graham
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Year: Junior
Hometown: Livermore, Calif.
High School: Livermore HS
Position: RHP

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Drafted by Atlanta Braves in the fourth round, 146th overall pick, in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft

JUNIOR (2011):
Made a team-high 23 appearances on the mound, starting five contests…posted 45 strikeouts, while walking just 9…ranked fourth nationally averaging just 0.68 walks per nine innings…made his season-debut against South Carolina on Feb .20, pitching 2.1 innings and striking out four…kept Albany hitless in 1.1 innings of relief on Feb. 27…struck out two batters in one inning of work at Stanford. (3/1)…tallied three strikeouts in a hitless 2.1 innings of work at San Jose State, while picking up his first save (3.5)…picked up his second save in a game against San Jose State on Mar. 6…struck out two in one inning of work at Cal…picked up his first win of the season against UC Davis, pitching four innings of one-run baseball (3/13)…registered his third save against Brown on Mar. 27…allowed one hit in two innings of work at Stanford (3/22)..pitched one inning against UC Davis on Mar. 30…picked up his second win of the year, tossing four innings in a 10-inning win against Bakersfield (4/1)…started his first career game against LMU on Apr. 10…started his second game of the year against Saint Mary’s, scattering three hits in seven scoreless innings…pitched four innings in a extra-inning loss at USF…allowed one hit in one inning of work against Pacific(4/26)…tossed five innings in a start against Gonzaga (4/30)…pitched two perfect innings of relief and picked up the win in a 10-inning victory at Pepperdine on May 6…started against Pepperdine, pitching three perfect innings (5/8)...tossed a flawless ninth inning at UC Davis on May 11…appeared twice vs.  San Diego, allowing three runs (5/20-5/21)…hurled 8.2 solid innings in his at Portland, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four batters (5/28).

SOPHOMORE (2010): Santa Clara’s closer ... focused primarily on pitching towards the end of the year after being the Opening Day starter at third base and making 11 consecutive starts at third to begin the season … made 23 pitching appearances – all from the bullpen (most among any reliever) and saved four games in 27-plus innings … went 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA and fanned 21 … pitched in back-to-back one-run games at Houston (2/27 and 2/28), saving the Sunday game by getting four outs allowing just one base-runner …picked up save number two against Air Force (3/13) at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament in Santa Clara, throwing a scoreless inning and dropping his early-season ERA to 1.93 after five appearances … went through a tough mid-season stretch in which he gave up eight earned runs in five appearances which inflated his ERA … was extremely effective late in the year stringing together six consecutive scoreless appearances and saving games against UC Davis (5/5) and San Francisco (5/9) … offensively, had a four-game hitting streak during that early-season stretch playing third base, hitting safely in all three games at Houston from February 26-28 … had a season-high two hits in a Sunday game against Nevada (2/21) … drove in two at San Jose State (3/6) with a double … doubled again the next day against SJSU (3/7), going 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI … did not start a conference game in the field … went 8-for-47 (.170 BA) on the year.  

FRESHMAN (2009): The only true two-way player on Santa Clara's 2009 roster ... made 16 starts in right field, mostly batting eighth in the lineup ... hard-throwing right-hander who was used 19 times out of the bullpen ... went a season-high 3 2/3 innings against Stanford (Apr. 15) in which he fanned a season-high six ... struck out 35 in 34 innings, picked up one save, issued just 13 walks and finished the year 0-3 with a 7.15 ERA ... his ERA was inflated by allowing 17 earned runs in three outings which totaled 2 1/3 innings ... after giving up nine earned runs in his first two collegiate games, Graham settled in to post four scoreless relief appearances from Feb. 28-Mar. 29 ... was not used in the outfield until mid-March, scoring two runs and walking twice against UC Davis (Mar. 11) ... also tossed two innings in that game against UC Davis (Mar. 11), striking out four ... made his second start in right field against Cornell (Mar. 14), hitting his first collegiate double ... went on to start 11-of-13 games in right field from Mar. 11-Apr. 1 ... hit his first college homerun against Stanford (May 6) and would earn his first career save in two innings of relief, striking out three.

HIGH SCHOOL: Livermore High School's team MVP as a senior in 2008 ... led the Cowboys to a 24-3 record and an appearance in the North Coast Section (NCS) semifinals ... it was Livermore's first East Bay Athletic League Championship in 29 years ... named the 2008 NCS 'Player of the Year' and garnered all-state honors ... also tabbed the 'East Bay Athlete of the Year'... set three single-season school records at Livermore, including hitting streak (16 games), runs scored (31), and saves (15) ... as a senior he hit .418 with 20 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .465 ... on the mound Graham went 4-1 with a 1.10 ERA in 31 innings ... he was ranked as the 123rd best 2008 prospect nationally by Perfect Game Cross Checker and 200th by Baseball America ... he was also selected to play in the Area Code Games, Perfect Game Nationals, and the Bay Area World Series ... batted .357 with 12 SB as a junior in 2007 ... posted a pitching record of 4-0 in 49 IP, 65 K, nine saves and a 1.46 ERA in 2007 ... also a 2007 All-East Bay honoree as a junior ... played for coaches Dave Perotti, Marshall Collins and Tom Fletcher.

PERSONAL: Born in Sacramento, Calif. ... parents are Brian and Julie Graham ... has one younger sister, Brianna ... enjoys golf, music and wakeboarding ... wants to pursue a career in professional baseball ... majoring in Communication.

CAREER BATTING STATS:

Year       Avg  GP-GS    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT   PO   A   E  FLD%
2009.... .228 18-16 57 11 13 3 0 1 6 19 .333 3 2 9 0 .290 0 2 3-3 25 10 2 .946
TOTAL... .228 18-16 57 11 13 3 0 1 6 19 .333 3 2 9 0 .290 0 2 3-3 25 10 2 .946

 

CAREER PITCHING STATS:

Year       ERA   W-L   App  GS  CG SHO/CBO  SV     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO  2B  3B  HR    BF  B/Avg  WP HBP SFA SHA BK
2009.... 7.15 0-3 19 0 0 0/0 1 34.0 54 30 27 13 35 7 0 4 171 .375 1 4 2 8 1
TOTAL... 7.15 0-3 19 0 0 0/0 1 34.0 54 30 27 13 35 7 0 4 171 .375 1 4 2 8 1