Kendall Graveman
Kendall Graveman
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago Cubs
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kendall Graveman in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $575,000 contract with the Cubs in December of 2018. The contract includes a $3 million team option for 2020.
Moves rehab to Triple-A
PChicago Cubs
Elbow
August 31, 2019
Graveman (elbow) advanced his rehab assignment to Triple-A Iowa and will start Sunday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
ANALYSIS
Graveman made his first rehab outing Aug. 22 with the Arizona League Cubs, his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. The 28-year-old still has plenty of work to do in his recovery, but the progression to game action is a significant step.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .259 282 48 26 66 13 1 9
Since 2017vs Right .311 320 49 19 92 14 4 12
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
-28%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-54%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.04 1.37 82.1 5 2 0 6.1 2.2 1.2
Since 2017Away 6.44 1.57 57.1 2 7 0 6.4 3.9 1.6
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kendall Graveman
The Z Files: AL Rotation Overview
June 29, 2018
Todd Zola shifts back to the American League for a look at each team's rotation situation, where Ervin Santana might finally be closing in on his 2018 debut for the Twins.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Cole Is King
May 19, 2018
Todd Zola beaks down this week's starting pitching as Gerrit Cole leads 'a parade of ones' in a week with either obvious choices or head-scratchers.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Corbin's Velo Dips
May 12, 2018
Todd Zola ranks this week's starting pitchers as the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin is still dominating despite a dip in velocity.
DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks
April 25, 2018
Adam Zdroik looks over Wednesday's DraftKings slate, suggesting A's first baseman Matt Olson down in Texas.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Wednesday Picks
April 25, 2018
Sasha Yodashkin recommends M's veteran second baseman Robinson Cano against James Shields and the White Sox on Wednesday.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Heads to 60-day injured list
PChicago Cubs
Elbow
February 13, 2019
Graveman (elbow) was moved to the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Joins Cubs
PChicago Cubs
Elbow
December 22, 2018
Graveman (elbow) signed with the Cubs on Saturday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
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Hits open market
PFree Agent
Elbow
November 30, 2018
Graveman (elbow) wasn't tendered by the Athletics on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Needs Tommy John surgery
POakland Athletics
Elbow
July 24, 2018
Graveman will undergo Tommy John surgery, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Could be facing extended absence
POakland Athletics
Forearm
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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