Originally written on 9county9  |  Last updated 5/16/12

Former Livermore HS and Santa Clara SS/P J.R. Graham is doing well in the Braves system.  The former Bay Area World Series standout (BAWS IV, 2007) was taken in the 4th round of the 2011 draft and the Braves have pushed him this year.  Here is a recent blurb about him in a piece about bullpen pitchers to keep an eye on for each MLB team...

ATLANTA BRAVES: Arodys Vizcaino would be the easy choice here had he not had Tommy John surgery this spring, but his injury plus the trade of J.J. Hoover leaves second-year righty J.R. Graham as perhaps the best choice. The Braves pushed the 2011 fourth-rounder to high Class A Lynchburg, where his mid-90s heat and developing slider have led to few baserunners (1.00 WHIP), few long hits and a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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