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AJ Graffanino

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AJ Graffanino
Name: Anthony Joseph Graffanino
Born: Jul 16, 1997 in Wilmington, DE
High School: Northwest Christian HS, Phoenix
High School: Washington
College: Washington
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 170 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 8th round (232nd overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2018 (signed for $300,000)
One of the most talented defenders in college baseball, Graffanino wasn't able to showcase the leather as much this spring, as he missed almost the entirety of March and April with hamstring issues. When healthy, Graffanino is a quick-twitch infielder with range and average arm strength. There could easily be above-average arm strength in Graffanino's tank, but scouts have rarely seen the 6-foot-2 shortstop completely air it out on throws. Some scouts believe Graffanino will need more polish defensively as a pro, as he tends to speed up the game and plays on a turf field at Husky Ballpark, where it's easy to pick up bad defensive habits. Still, he projects as an above-average defender in the future. Offensively, his bat is light and although he's hit better this spring in a shortened season, scouts have too frequently watched him try to slap the ball and get on base with above-average speed out of the lefthanded batter's box. Graffanino came into Washington as a switch-hitter, but now hits exclusively from the left side.
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