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Brett Graves

Miami Marlins Miami Marlins
Brett Graves
Name: Brett Thomas Graves
Born: Jan 30, 1993 in St. Charles, MO
High School: Howell HS, St. Charles, Mo.
College: Missouri
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 170 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (101st overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2014 (signed for $510,000)
The 6-foot-1, 173-pound Graves appeared to be losing steam as the college season wound down, and with Missouri in last place in the Southeastern Conference, he'll have no postseason to make up ground. He was a 26th-round pick of the hometown Cardinals in 2011 but struggled his freshman season with command, walking more than he struck out. He's come on the last two seasons and has shown excellent command of a plus fastball this spring for the Tigers. Graves pitches at 94-96 mph at times but usually cruises along at 92-93 with late life at the plate, especially when he keeps the pitch down. A fan of former Missouri pitcher Max Scherzer, he tries to emulate Scherzer's delivery, which has helped him incorporate his lower half more. Graves throws both a slider and curveball, and scouts prefer the curve, which has above-average potential if not better. Graves' changeup is fringy but he's athletic and repeats his delivery as well as fielding his position very well. He lacks a knockout punch among his secondary pitches, which limits his ceiling to that of a No. 4 starter, unless his curve takes off.
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