Feb 24, 2014; Lake Buena Vistas, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher J.R. Graham (72) poses for a picture at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Twins took Graham in the Rule 5 Draft for a reason, they intend to use him. The extent of the use is yet to be determined, and remains largely in his court. After having battled injuries, Graham will need to prove he now has a clean bill of health.
With plus velocity, there’s no doubt that Graham could be a strong asset for the Twins out of the bullpen. Should he be able to return to the form in which he was regarded prior to his injuries, the Twins may have found themselves another diamond in the rough through a Rule 5 pick. Spring Training will start to show glimpses of what to expect from Graham.