GRAHAM GODFREY
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: August 9, 1984
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 34th Round, 1020th overall pick, 2006 (Blue Jays)
How Acquired: Traded from Red Sox (for cash)
College: College of Charleston (SC)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Godfrey signed for an above-slot bonus as a 34th-round draftee of the Jays.  His strength has always been good control.  His fastball when he was drafted was reportedly 90-94, but he throws mainly in the upper-80s now.  He has a fringy slider and change.  He hasn’t been hit as hard in the minors as you’d think, judging by his stuff, even in the Pacific Coast League.  He had passable K rates through 2011, but not since then.  He’s not a groundball pitcher.

2007
A:  6-7-0, 3.98 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 110.2 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 6.0 K/9

Godfrey signed too late to play in 2006 and debuted in full season ball the next year.  He got hit pretty hard, with an opponents’ average of .302.  He somehow came into 2006 rated by Baseball America as the Blue Jays’ 18th best prospect.  After the season, and after the trade to Oakland, he ranked as the A’s’ 28th best prospect.

2008
A+:  5-8-0, 5.10 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 134.0 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 8.0 K/9
AAA:  0-0-0, 4.05 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 6.2 IP, 2.7 BB/9, 5.4 K/9

Godfrey got hit hard again in high A, although it was the California League.

2009
AA:  11-8-0, 3.50 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 159.1 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 6.2 K/9

The A’s moved Godfrey up to AA and he pitched much better than the previous year.  His K rate remained low.

2010
AA:  0-1-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 18.2 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 7.7 K/9
AAA:  4-7-0, 5.59 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 106.1 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 7.4 K/9

Godfrey spent most of the year in AAA and struggled, even with his control.  He did improve his K rate.

2011
AA:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 13.5 K/9
AAA:  14-3-0, 2.68 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 107.1 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 7.5 K/9
MLB: 1-2-0, 3.96 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 25.0 IP, 1.8 BB/9, 4.7 K/9

Godfrey had an outstanding year in AAA, giving up fewer hits, striking out a decent number of hitters and improving his control.  The A’s called him up briefly several times.

2012
AAA:  9-2-0, 3.29 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 104.0 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 5.2 K/9
MLB: 0-1-0, 2.53 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 21.1 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 3.0 K/9

Godfrey again had a good season in AAA, although his K rate dropped.  He started three times in April, then came back for two appearances in late May.  Oakland eventually designated him for assignment in August.  The A’s traded him to Boston in the off-season.

2013
AAA (Bos):  4-3-0, 3.83 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 42.1 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 6.4 K/9
AAA (Pgh):  7-5-0, 3.99 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 76.2 IP, 1.6 BB/9, 5.3 K/9

Godrey pitched mostly in relief in 2013 for Boston’s AAA affiliate.  His walk rate drifted back upward.  The Pirates brought in Godfrey and lefty reliever Atahualpa Severino as Indianapolis was losing pitchers rapidly to promotions and injury.  They used Godfrey as a swing man, giving him 11 starts out of 19 games.  He walked very few and didn’t allow many base runners, but was hurt by longballs, as he allowed 11.  He was much better as a starter, with a 3.56 ERA as opposed to 5.63 relieving.  He had trouble with left-handed hitters, who posted an .841 OPS against him, compared to .644 by right-handed hitters.

Godfrey will be a free agent in the off-season.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Majors
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MLB.com
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2012: $480,000
2013: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $200,000
MiLB Debut: 2007
MLB Debut: 6/10/2011
MiLB FA Eligible: 2013
MLB FA Eligible: 2019
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 9/5/11
Options Remaining: 1 (USED:  2011, 2012)
MLB Service Time: 0.074
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2006: Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 34th round, 1020th overall pick; signed on August 26.
November 18, 2007:
Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Kristian Bell to the Oakland Athletics for Marco Scutaro.
June 10, 2011: Contract purchased by the Oakland Athletics.
August 21, 2012: Designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics; outrighted to AAA on August 29.
December 7, 2012: Sent by the Oakland Athletics to the Boston Red Sox to complete a November 28 trade for Sandy Rosario.
May 31, 2013: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.