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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Tim Graham worked on his swing and improved; Saw eight pro seasons, briefly made AA

Tim Graham went on a hot streak for short-season Elmira in August 1991, enough for a .327 average, The Elmira Star-Gazette wrote.

Overall, he expressed satisfaction with his performance, The Star-Gazette wrote.

"I'm finally getting my swing down," Graham told The Star-Gazette. "The last few weeks I've been feeling really comfortable hitting and things have been going well. I just hope it continues."

For Graham, in his third pro season, he continued on for five more campaigns. He made it briefly to AA, but he didn't make it higher.

Graham's career began in 1989, taken by the Red Sox in the 16th round of the draft out of Lancaster High School in Ohio.

Graham started with the Red Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .246 in 41 games. He then moved to short-season Elmira for 1990.

Graham got off to a good start in 1990, he told his hometown Lancaster Eagle-Gazette that July.

"It's been really great," Graham told The Eagle-Gazette. "I've played all 19 games so far this year. It's really helped me out. I haven't made any errors or anything. My defense is my strong point."

Graham ended up hitting .203 that year. He then returned for 1991 and hit .309. He then started 1992 at high-A Lynchburg. He also started off there hitting leadoff.

"I've been leading off the game and I still need to adjust to that," Graham told The Eagle-Gazette in mid-April. "I'm not used to that. I have to be more patient."

His average dropped to .170 in 91 games. He then played 1993 at Lynchburg and high-A Fort Lauderdale and 1994 at high-A High Desert.

For 1995, Graham saw eight games up at AA Trenton. He went 4 for 25, then moved to independent Nashua. He hit .243 in 53 games.

Graham then saw his final pro time at independent Greenville for 1996. He got into 64 games and hit .347 to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,694
Made the Majors:1,256-34.0%
Never Made Majors:2,438-66.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:522
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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