Twenty-five-year-old Kendall Graveman had an overall average rookie season with the Oakland Athletics in 2015. He struggled at times, faced an injury and even a demotion to Triple-A Nashville, but he also showed signs of brilliance at the big-league level.
Is Graveman due for continued, sustained brilliance in 2016?
Graveman had a rough beginning to his big-league career. In his MLB debut, he allowed seven runs over just 3.1 innings of work. Two of the runs came on home runs, something he didn’t normally allow during his minor league career (just six in 231 minor-league innings). April was not kind to Graveman. After four starts, his ERA had ballooned to 8.27 and he was demoted to Triple-A to make adjustments.
The young right-hander returned to the Athletics on May 23. Over his two starts in May, Graveman allowed just three runs and posted a 2.31 ERA. In June, he was even better, allowing nine total earned runs over six starts. His ERA in June was 1.93.
Over nine starts between his return from Triple-A and July 4, Graveman did not allow more than three runs in any start. He lowered his season ERA from 8.27 to 3.16 during that period.
For more on Graveman’s 2015 campaign and the outlook on his 2016 season you can read the remainder of my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: