Tyler Graham

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Outfielder Tyler Graham played briefly in the majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012.

Originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 14th round of the 2005 amateur draft, Graham did not sign, opting to remain in college instead. At Oregon State University, he was a member of the 2006 College World Series champion squad. He was then taken by the San Francisco Giants in the 19th round of the 2006 amateur draft. Signed by scout Matt Woodward, he made his pro debut that summer with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, hitting .240 in 50 games. With the Augusta Greenjackets in 2007, he hit .290 in 66 games and stole 29 bases despite two stints on the disabled list.

Graham was with the San Jose Giants in 2008 and hit .264 while stealing 47 bases (second in the California League). He spent most of the next summer back with San Jose, hitting .272 with 28 stolen bases there, and also saw action for the AA Connecticut Defenders and AAA Fresno Grizzlies. After starting 2010 with 2 games for the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels, he spent the remainder of the year with Fresno, hitting .343 with 35 steals (fourth in the Pacific Coast League). He hit .273 for the Grizzlies in 2011 and paced the PCL with 60 stolen bases.

Early in 2012, Graham was designated for assignment by San Francisco, and he was signed by Arizona in May. He earned a September call-up to the majors, making his big league debut as a pinch runner against the San Diego Padres on September 7th. He had just 2 at-bats in 10 games, striking out twice but scoring a run as a pinch-runner. It was his only major league experience.

After his playing career ended, Graham returned to Oregon State and began his coaching career. He spent the 2016-2017 seasons as an undergraduate assistant coach followed by three years as the Beavers' Director of Player Development. Graham gained further coaching experience in summer collegiate leagues. He was the head coach of the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Major Baseball League in 2016-2017 and the Medford Rogues of the Great West League in 2018.

Graham was scheduled to become a coach with the Nashville Sounds in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19.

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