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Kendall Graveman PCubs

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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date12-21-1990
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age28 years, 4 months, 2 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.22015
0.92016
0.22017
-0.02018
0.52019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2014 TOR MLB 5 0 4.7 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 106 7.7 0.0 0.0 7.7 64% .286 0.86 1.44 3.86 105 3.90 95.5 0.0
2015 OAK MLB 21 21 115.7 6 9 0 126 38 77 15 99 9.8 3.0 1.2 6.0 51% .302 1.42 4.57 4.05 113 5.24 122.4 -0.2
2016 OAK MLB 31 31 186.0 10 11 0 196 47 108 22 95 9.5 2.3 1.1 5.2 53% .290 1.31 4.35 4.11 106 4.94 109.3 0.9
2017 OAK MLB 19 19 105.3 6 4 0 114 32 70 12 107 9.7 2.7 1.0 6.0 52% .313 1.39 4.31 4.19 106 5.42 115.3 0.2
2018 OAK MLB 7 7 34.3 1 5 0 44 13 27 9 100 11.5 3.4 2.4 7.1 57% .324 1.66 6.25 7.60 108 5.38 120.1 0.0
CareerMLB8378446.02329048413028658999.82.61.25.853%.3011.384.514.381085.15114.80.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2013 LNS A MID 10 10 39.7 1 3 0 41 13 25 3 105 9.3 2.9 0.7 5.7 64% .295 1.36 4.11 4.31 0 0.00 0.0
2014 TOR MLB AL 5 0 4.7 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 106 7.7 0.0 0.0 7.7 64% .286 0.86 1.44 3.86 105 3.90 95.5
2014 LNS A MID 4 4 26.3 2 0 0 11 6 25 0 101 3.8 2.1 0.0 8.5 68% .175 0.65 2.26 0.34 91 3.54 76.5
2014 DUN A+ FSL 16 16 96.7 8 4 0 89 18 64 1 104 8.3 1.7 0.1 6.0 59% .287 1.11 2.87 2.23 96 3.37 73.4
2014 NHP AA EAS 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 8 2 4 0 109 12.0 3.0 0.0 6.0 53% .421 1.67 3.01 1.50 96 3.95 83.4
2014 BUF AAA INT 6 6 38.3 3 2 0 34 5 22 1 99 8.0 1.2 0.2 5.2 66% .282 1.02 2.93 1.88 84 3.63 77.8
2015 OAK MLB AL 21 21 115.7 6 9 0 126 38 77 15 99 9.8 3.0 1.2 6.0 51% .302 1.42 4.57 4.05 113 5.24 122.4
2015 NAS AAA PCL 4 4 24.3 2 1 0 20 9 14 1 80 7.4 3.3 0.4 5.2 64% .241 1.19 4.09 1.85 93 3.58 77.1
2016 OAK MLB AL 31 31 186.0 10 11 0 196 47 108 22 95 9.5 2.3 1.1 5.2 53% .290 1.31 4.35 4.11 106 4.94 109.3
2017 OAK MLB AL 19 19 105.3 6 4 0 114 32 70 12 107 9.7 2.7 1.0 6.0 52% .313 1.39 4.31 4.19 106 5.42 115.3
2017 NAS AAA PCL 3 3 10.0 0 1 0 18 4 7 1 87 16.2 3.6 0.9 6.3 46% .425 2.20 6.02 7.20 110 4.47 94.1
2018 OAK MLB AL 7 7 34.3 1 5 0 44 13 27 9 100 11.5 3.4 2.4 7.1 57% .324 1.66 6.25 7.60 108 5.38 120.1
2018 NAS AAA PCL 4 4 24.0 2 1 0 35 7 16 3 96 13.1 2.6 1.1 6.0 56% .405 1.75 5.16 4.50 108 4.56 98.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2014 61 0.4590 0.5410 0.7576 0.5714 0.5152 0.8750 0.6471 0.2424
2015 1870 0.4615 0.4396 0.8127 0.6118 0.2920 0.8939 0.6667 0.1873
2016 2817 0.4920 0.4448 0.8172 0.6082 0.2865 0.8826 0.6829 0.1828
2017 1670 0.4030 0.4228 0.8258 0.6374 0.2778 0.9184 0.6823 0.1742
2018 626 0.4361 0.4073 0.8039 0.5678 0.2833 0.8774 0.6900 0.1961
Career70440.45750.43570.81630.61220.28760.89360.67880.1837

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 CHN $575,000
2018 OAK $2,360,000
2017 OAK $545,000
2016 OAK $512,500
2015 OAK $507,500
2014 TOR $
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,925,000
2019Current$575,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$4,500,000
5 yrTotal$4,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 78 dSports One Athlete Mgt.1 year/$0.575M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.575M (2019), plus 2020 club option. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/22/18. 19:$0.575M, 20:$3M club option. Roster bonus: 1 day on active Major League roster in 2019 increases 2019 salary to $2M. May earn additional $0.5M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$2.36M (2018). Lost arbitration with Oakland 2/10/18 ($2.6M-$2.36M).Non-tendered by Oakland 11/30/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Oakland 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2016). Re-signed by Oakland 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5075M (2015). Re-signed by Oakland 3/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Toronto 9/4/14. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Toronto 11/28/14.
  • Drafted by Toronto 2013 (8-235) (Mississippi State). $5,000 signing bonus ($0.1569M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 4.7 4.4 0 14 14 78.3 67 23 57 7 .261 1.14 3.42 3.55 12.9 1.4
80o 4.3 4.3 0 13 13 72.3 66 22 53 7 .275 1.22 3.76 3.92 9.1 1.0
70o 3.9 4.3 0 12 12 68.2 65 22 50 7 .284 1.28 4.01 4.18 6.7 0.7
60o 3.6 4.2 0 12 12 64.7 65 22 47 7 .293 1.34 4.22 4.41 4.8 0.5
50o 3.4 4.1 0 11 11 61.5 64 22 45 7 .300 1.39 4.43 4.63 3.1 0.3
40o 3.2 4 0 10 10 58.4 63 21 43 7 .308 1.44 4.64 4.85 1.6 0.2
30o 2.9 3.9 0 10 10 55.1 62 21 40 7 .316 1.50 4.86 5.09 0.1 0.0
20o 2.6 3.8 0 9 9 51.3 60 20 38 7 .326 1.57 5.13 5.37 -1.4 -0.2
10o 2.3 3.6 0 8 8 46.2 58 19 34 6 .340 1.67 5.50 5.77 -3.3 -0.4
Weighted Mean3.44.10111161.06321457.2981.384.414.63.30.4

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)How would you sort out the A's rotation next season? Sean Manaea and Kendall Graveman are the only two locks. You've got Frankie Montas, Raul Alcantara, and Jesse Hahn, who are all out of options. The 4A pitchers - Daniel Gossett, Paul Blackburn, and then Andrew Triggs and Daniel Mengden who showed promise in short stints. And Jharel Cotton who looks great when he isn't giving up homers by the truckload.
(Ken from Palo Alto)
I think Triggs / Blackburn / Mengden have at least earned a shot at it if they're healthy when the season starts. Montas has to be a reliever at this point, no? I might see how Cotton looks in relief also. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-01-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the odds youngsters Dylan Bundy and Kendall Graveman become staff aces this season? Both had solid seasons last season and showed promise for more.
(JM from CT)
PECOTA week is coming! (Harry Pavlidis)
2016-09-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)After a rough start to the season, Kendall Graveman has strung together several above-average months on the mound, though, he seems to be tiring lately. Do you think he can be a middle of the rotation guy for the A's over the next few years?
(John from San Francisco)
Graveman strikes me as the kind of quintessential 4/5 who has a shot to be a 3, sort of like how JA Happ was for the Phillies and Jays before the Pirates changed him for the better. I guess there's always a chance at improvement though, right? And the same kind of "well maybe he'll switch arm slots and find a way" or discover a 2-seamer hope that turned into JA Happs and even Corey Klubers over the past few years will keep Graveman employed as an innings eater for a long time.

I think if he can be a consistent 7 K/9 guy, he could surprise some people. But failing that, I think he'll probably have an odd low 3-ERA year here and there, but mostly just provide replacement level value. (Trevor Strunk)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)Looking ahead to 2017, the A's appear to have 3/5 of their rotation, assuming health, locked in for before the trading deadline: Sonny Gray, Sean Manaea, and Kendall Graveman. Out of Jesse Hahn, Chris Bassitt, Henderson Alvarez, Daniel Mengden, Jharel Cotton, Raul Alcantara, Dillon Overton, and Frankie Montas, who can round out the rotation, who is more of a 4A player, and who just won't every be healthy enough again (looking at you, Jesse Hahn and Henderson Alvarez!)?
(Greg from San Francisco)
I'm mostly going to have to go off colleagues' reports, because I don't get any Oakland affiliates out here on the east coast. Seems to me like Mengden, Overton, and Alcantara have the best shots to be MLB starters, whereas Montas and Cotton might be better prospects but also probably profile best in relief. That may be completely wrong, though.

Hard not to feel for Henderson Alvarez given how his last couple years have went. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kendall Graveman is a frustratingly inconsistent pitcher. There are months where he'll look like a middle of the rotation starter, reeling off a half dozen quality starts. And then there are months where he looks completely lost, and his ERA approaches infinity. What gives?
(Tom from San Francisco)
That's what happens when you're a righty with middling at best stuff. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Kendall Graveman is a smart weekly play in a 15 team mixer, or only when starting twice/favorable single match-up?
(Vic from Baltimore)
I like him more as a streamer in that format. Home matchups, pitcher's parks, weaker lineups. In AL East parks on the road for example I could see him having a bad time. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your projection for the A's Kendall Graveman this season?
(JM from CT)
PECOTA has him as firmly meh, a bit above replacement level. I think that's a fair assessment, with the standard big-ass error bars around pitching projections. (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)The A's have really gotten a chance to explore their rotation depth this season. Of Kendall Graveman, Jesse Chavez, Sean Nolin, Aaron Brooks, and Felix Doubront, are any more than rotation filler? Right now, in my mind, only Sonny Gray and Chris Bassitt have rotation spots locked down for next season. Jesse Hahn, A.J. Griffin, and Jarrod Parker all seem at varying points of a career ending injury trajectory.
(Jeff from San Francisco)
I wan'ted to buy into Sean Nolin but I don't think any of those guys are much more than rotation filler. Billy Beane will have to get pretty creative next year to plug those rotation spots. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)How encouraged are you by the performance of Kendall Graveman that he could potentially sustain it and potentially being an SP3?
(Viktor from Baltimore)
Wrote him up in last week's Starting Pitcher Planner. Isn't as good as his recent numbers suggest, and I wouldn't go nearly so far as to slap a 3 on him, but I think he can continue to be an effective 4-5 guy depending on the depth of your league http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=26767 (Wilson Karaman)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)We're 50-some games into the season, and Josh Donaldson has a slash of .316/.375/.606 overall while Brett Lawrie is hitting .265/.295/.376. Kendall Graveman has charitably been uneven. Sean Nolin is coming back from an injury. Franklin Barreto can't even hit in Stockton. Why did Billy Beane sell so low on Donaldson, who would look really great in a lineup that has hit lefties to the tune of .226/.308/.323 this season? I feel like we haven't gotten the whole story on this trade.
(John from San Francisco)
Well, there were some rumors of disrespect on Donaldson's part that ended up making it into the mainstream media, so I can't imagine Beane was too torn up about seeing Donaldson go at the time.

It was a bad decision even if you're rosy as hell on Barreto. I did wonder if Beane saw something in Nolin and Graveman that he liked but neither player is going to make up the difference one Josh Donaldson makes. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Blue Jays pushed both Dalton Pompey and Kendall Graveman all the way through from the low minors to the big leagues in a single season. Is it an organisational philosphy to be aggressive with prospects, or just the skill sets of those two made it impossible to keep them down?
(Simon from kalimantan)
Blue Jays are known for being conservative, typically. Look at how they handle their young pitchers--it's usually a level at a time, low pitch counts, and a level a year. However, these two particular players showed rapid improvement, which kind of forced their hand. After talking to some people in their FO, they were even surprised by Pompey. He took a leap forward last year. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see the A's rotation sorting itself out? Who gets the last two slots between Jesse Chavez, Jesse Hahn, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, and Chris Bassitt?
(Dan from San Francisco)
I would give the leads to Hahn and Nolin, though I could see Nolin getting beat out by one of the last two during camp. The A's know that they need to monitor Chavez's innings, so I think that it makes sense to keep him in a swingman role until the need arises. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see the A's rotation battle sorting out between Drew Pomeranz, Jesse Chavez, Jesse Hahn, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, and Chris Bassitt?
(Dave from Chicago)
I'll bet they all end up starting at some point. The A's have two guys penciled in right (Gray and Kazmir)? That leaves these six guys for four spots, but only eight total starters. Most teams use at least eight starters over the course of a year, if not more. I don't know who will get the first shot out of spring training, but it doesn't matter much. You'll be glad to have this kind of depth at some point in July or August. (Jeff Moore)
2014-12-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Donaldson had 4 years before free agency, and the A's got an adequate, injury prone replacement in Brett Lawrie, a pair of soft-tossers in Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman, and an infielder who is years away from contributing in Franklin Barreto. Then they dealt Brandon Moss for a 24-year old second baseman who just got to Double-A in Joey Wendle. And before that, they signed DH Billy Butler to a three-year deal. Why sell off Donaldson and Moss for such paltry returns? Why bring in Butler if you're going to rebuild? What is Billy Beane doing?
(John from San Francisco)
I think, emphasize think, I could come up with explanations on each of these moves on their own. But combined, they really throw me for a loop. I'm struggling to come up with an answer that's not far-fetched... We've been programmed to trust Beane, but it looks like he went all in last summer, which I loved and now he realizes that if he doesn't try and get some long-term assets for his club, it could go down the tubes quickly. I get that thought process, I'm not sure I see these moves being the best execution. Adding Butler to the mix almost feels like they changed their minds as to how to approach the offseason a few weeks into the process. Perplexing... (Sahadev Sharma)


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