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Twins reliever J.R. Graham lost 30 pounds

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Minnesota Twins pitcher J.R. Graham pauses to look at the baseball after he gave up a three-run home run to Toronto Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)


Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports that Twins reliever J.R. Graham has lost 30 pounds over the last four months. The reliever said the weight loss was incidental as he stopped eating pizza and drinking alcohol, and started eating breakfast which dropped him to 170 pounds. Graham is listed on Baseball Reference at 210 pounds, so that would actually be a 40-pound loss. Is Graham in the best shape of his life?

Graham, 26, made his major league debut last season, posting a 4.95 ERA with 53 strikeouts and 21 walks over 63 2/3 innings of work. He was among baseball’s 100 best prospects heading into the 2013 season, according to both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The right-hander features a fastball that averages close to 95 MPH, but he had trouble staying away from the barrel of the bat in 2015, serving up 10 home runs.

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