Top 5 Rule 5 Draft Picks from the 2015 Season

Credit: Taylor Jenkins/ AP Photo

Credit: Taylor Jenkins/ AP Photo

J.R. GrahamMinnesota Twins

The right-handed pitcher was selected from the Atlanta Braves organization and stuck with the big league team the whole season. Graham was drafted by the Braves in the 4th round of the 2011 draft out of Santa Clara University. The 25-year-old pitcher is a native Californian and was listed  as the #63 prospect in the 2013 Baseball Prospectus rankings.

He was in the Twins bullpen the whole year and recorded a 1-1 record with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.476 WHIP. In his 63 inning thrown, Graham struck out 53 batters and walked 21. He has shown some nice potential and the Twins could eventually take a look at him in the starting rotation. He made just one start for the Twins in 2015.

Graham has a low 90’s sinker with a four-seem fastball that once topped out in the upper 90’s. Injuries in 2013 have limited his velocity right now. He is not big in stature standing only six feet tall, so there are concerns about durability. He has a lively arm and the Twins could utilize his power arm out of the bullpen or in the rotation. If he can refine his slider and gain some velocity back, he will be even more successful in the Major Leagues. A very sneaky pick by the Twins.

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