Kendall Graveman
Kendall Graveman
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
2021 Fantasy Outlook
At age 29, Graveman impressed and broke camp with the Mariners, marking his return from 2018 Tommy John surgery. His stint in the Seattle rotation was short lived as Graveman hit the injured list with what was eventually diagnosed as a benign bone tumor in his spine. He was able to bypass surgery (for the time being) and got himself back on track in the bullpen following his return, pitching to a 3.60 and .182 BAA in 10 relief innings. It was enough for the M's to want to bring him back; the team declined his $3.5 million for 2021 but re-signed him days later, and Graveman can earn even more than $3.5 million if he hits all his incentives. That may seem like a long shot given his track record, but Graveman's velocity was way up in relief -- even to 96-97 mph through the final month. He could work his way up the bullpen ladder in a hurry if what he showed in relief is real. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#581
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Mariners in October of 2020. Traded to the Astros in July of 2021.
Surrenders fatal grand slam
PHouston Astros
August 31, 2021
Graveman (5-1) took the loss in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Mariners, allowing four runs on two hits and a walk while recording his only out via strikeout.
ANALYSIS
Graveman entered a scoreless game in the eighth and permitted a walk, strikeout, single and hit a batter before serving up a go-ahead grand slam to Abraham Toro -- the player Houston gave up to acquire Graveman. The four runs allowed on the one swing are only one less than the five he had surrendered all season prior to Tuesday, and as a result the 30-year-old's ERA jumped from 1.00 to 1.79. However, one blowup outing shouldn't alter Graveman's role in Houston's bullpen moving forward.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Kendall Graveman generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-35%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-69%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-57%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .224 122 30 12 24 4 0 3
Since 2019vs Right .145 146 39 10 19 3 2 2
2021vs Left .250 95 24 9 21 4 0 3
2021vs Right .077 102 31 6 7 0 0 0
2020vs Left .130 27 6 3 3 0 0 0
2020vs Right .300 44 8 4 12 3 2 2
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-80%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-78%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-78%
ERA at Home
2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 0.98 0.71 36.2 3 1 4 8.8 2.5 0.2
Since 2019Away 4.94 1.26 31.0 2 3 6 9.6 3.5 1.2
2021Home 0.63 0.63 28.2 3 0 4 9.7 2.2 0.3
2021Away 2.82 1.12 22.1 2 1 6 9.7 3.2 0.8
2020Home 2.25 1.00 8.0 0 1 0 5.6 3.4 0.0
2020Away 10.38 1.62 8.2 0 2 0 9.3 4.2 2.1
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Kendall Graveman compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.67
 
K/9
9.7
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
96.6 mph
 
ERA
1.59
 
WHIP
0.84
 
BABIP
.220
 
GB/FB
2.58
 
Left On Base
77.3%
 
Exit Velocity
81.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.8%
 
Spin Rate
2228 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.6%
 
Swinging Strike
11.1%
 
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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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Pitches eighth without Pressly
PHouston Astros
August 4, 2021
Graveman allowed one hit, hit a batter, and struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Dodgers.
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Makes Astros debut
PHouston Astros
July 31, 2021
Graveman struck out three over 1.1 innings in Friday's 9-6 win over the Giants.
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Traded to Houston
PHouston Astros
July 27, 2021
Graveman and Rafael Montero were traded from the Mariners to the Astros in exchange for Abraham Toro and Joe Smith on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Picks up relief win
PSeattle Mariners
July 27, 2021
Graveman (4-0) earned the win in relief Monday against the Astros after hurling a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out two.
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Collects third win
PSeattle Mariners
July 25, 2021
Graveman (3-0) won Saturday's 5-4 contest against the Athletics, striking out one in a clean ninth.
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