Kendall Graveman
Kendall Graveman
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
60-Day DL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Graveman rattled off four straight quality starts with a combined 2.25 ERA to start 2017, flashing a lethal sinker with tantalizing velocity, but he faded in May and proceeded to miss nearly three months with shoulder inflammation. The right-hander would again tease promise with a 2.14 ERA over his final four starts of September. Perhaps more tinkering can take him to another level, considering he's already one of baseball's best starting pitchers at inducing groundballs (51.2 percent last year) -- unsurprising, considering he threw a sinker more than any other hurler with 100-plus innings. However, he still lags in strikeouts (a sub-average 6.0 K/9 last year) and contact-based profiles hardly gel with poor defenses like the Athletics'. Though he might luck into his first sub-4.00 ERA, anyone rostering him for 2018 should optimally use him as a home stream and tread carefully when expecting anything more. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.36 million contract with the Athletics in February of 2018.
Needs Tommy John surgery
POakland Athletics
July 24, 2018
Graveman will undergo Tommy John surgery, Jane Lee of reports.
He has not pitched since May 24, but since he won't be having the surgery until now, Graveman will likely miss the entire 2019 season. The 27-year-old righty has a 4.38 ERA in 446 MLB innings, but turned in a career-worst 7.60 ERA in seven starts for the big-league club this season before suffering the injury.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .267 712 109 61 172 35 3 19
Since 2016vs Right .289 676 96 31 182 26 4 24
2018vs Left .314 80 13 10 22 3 1 3
2018vs Right .297 78 14 3 22 2 0 6
2017vs Left .238 202 35 16 44 10 0 6
2017vs Right .315 242 35 16 70 12 4 6
2016vs Left .272 430 61 35 106 22 2 10
2016vs Right .270 356 47 12 90 12 0 12
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Since 2016Home 3.70 1.30 172.2 10 8 0 5.8 2.1 0.9
Since 2016Away 5.41 1.44 152.0 7 12 0 5.5 3.0 1.5
2018Home 9.00 1.53 15.0 0 2 0 4.8 0.6 3.0
2018Away 6.52 1.76 19.1 1 3 0 8.8 5.6 1.9
2017Home 2.94 1.34 67.1 5 0 0 6.4 2.5 0.8
2017Away 6.39 1.47 38.0 1 4 0 5.2 3.1 1.4
2016Home 3.39 1.24 90.1 5 6 0 5.5 2.1 0.7
2016Away 4.80 1.37 95.2 5 5 0 5.0 2.4 1.4
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How does Kendall Graveman compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Graveman, part of the ragtag crew that was brought into the Oakland organization via the Josh Donaldson deal two years ago, finally began to bring some value in 2016, chewing 186 innings of league-average run prevention. The sinkerballer was supposed to keep the ball in the yard, yet in his first 306.1 innings of big league ball Graveman has coughed up 1.1 HR/9 (roughly league average). The strikeout rate was already an issue coming into last season, but it decreased further and his 13.7 percent frequency just doesn't cut it in today's strikeout-laden environment. Oddly, this happened in conjunction with an uptick of velocity on his 60-percent frequency sinker, shooting up from 91.9 mph in 2015 to 93.5 mph last season. He also limited the walks, but the run-prevention numbers remained largely the same despite the improvement in baseline skills, and in the end, what you see is what you get with Graveman: a pitcher who crosses his fingers for a league-average ERA and lacks the upside to appeal to those in standard leagues.
Graveman was one of the young pitchers acquired by the A's from Toronto in the blockbuster Josh Donaldson trade. After earning a job in the rotation to start the year with an exceptional spring, Graveman had a seven-run meltdown in his first Oakland start, but then settled in nicely and sported a 3.16 ERA over his first 13 starts. He tired down the stretch and stumbled in a big way his last eight starts, allowing 25 runs and seven homers in 38.2 innings. Graveman does not profile as a high strikeout guy, as his fastball sits just under 91 mph and he only has a 6.1 K/9 in the majors. He developed a cutter in 2014 that contributed to his rapid rise through the Jays organization, and the A's hope his ability to limit walks and flyballs in the first half of the season will re-surface with an offseason of rest. The A's rotation is wide open heading into 2016, and Graveman could certainly win one of the five slots in spring training.
Graveman began his 2014 campaign at Low-A Lansing, but progressed through three more minor league levels to earn a callup from the Jays during the second half of the season. A big part of his fast move through the system last season has been attributed to Graveman's discovery of a cutter. He started until he reached the big leagues, showing good control (career 5.3 BB%) and inducing an extremely high groundball rate (58.3%) during his ascent through the Toronto system. The A's acquired him as part of the Josh Donaldson blockbuster with Toronto in November. While Graveman initially appeared to be ticketed for bullpen work with the A's, he pitched his way into the back of the rotation after allowing one earned run over 21.2 innings in Cactus League play.
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Could be facing extended absence
POakland Athletics
June 12, 2018
Graveman (forearm), who is on the Triple-A disabled list, is rehabbing in Arizona but may be out "for some time" according to manager Bob Melvin, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Hits Triple-A DL with forearm injury
POakland Athletics
June 3, 2018
Graveman was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Nashville on Sunday due to a right forearm strain, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Three straight quality starts in Nashville
POakland Athletics
June 1, 2018
Graveman is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over 24 innings across four outings with Triple-A Nashville, but he's now produced three consecutive quality starts.
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Promotion not imminent
POakland Athletics
May 27, 2018
Graveman was bypassed for a promotion from Triple-A Nashville when the Athletics required a fifth starter Sunday against the Diamondbacks, and he's expected to remain in the minors for the foreseeable future to continue working on his mechanics, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Candidate for promotion
POakland Athletics
May 19, 2018
Graveman is a candidate to be called up from Triple-A Nashville in the wake of recent injuries to Andrew Triggs (forearm) and Brett Anderson (shoulder), Susan Slusser of reports.
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