Member of highly-regarded junior pitcher group who likely will serve as key long reliever and spot starter in 2008 season ... has rare commodity of effectively commanding four pitches, including a hard boring fastball and tight slider ... an athletic pitcher with a projectable 6-1, 195-pound frame to go along with quick arm, clever pitching approach and aggressive presence on the mound ... has shown ability to throw his pitches for strikes in any count ... a crafty pitcher who knows how to set up hitters ... low-ball pitcher who averaged 12.5 groundouts per 9.0 innings, plus a 1.5 groundout/flyout ratio, during his first two seasons with the Irish (90 GOs in 964.2 IP) ... enters 2008 season with a 4.87 career ERA, 5-2 record and 37 strikeouts in 64.2 innings and 26 appearances (22 in relief) ... his other career stats include 27 walks, 65 hits allowed and a .266 opp. batting avg. (also 2 HRs allowed, 5 wild pitches, 5 hit batters) ... his career stats out of the bullpen: 4.20, 4-1, 22 GP, 49.1 IP, 46 H in 180 ABs, .256 opp. avg., 25 R/23 ER, 23 Ks, 17 BB, 4 WP, 3 HB) ... has allowed 6-of-11 inherited runners to score in his Irish career while his first batters faced (as a reliever) have hit 5-for-21 (.238, 2 RBI, 2 R, HB, 2 Ks) ... joined his classmates Kyle Weiland, Sam Elam and David Phelps on staff of the Cape Cod League's Falmouth Commodores (0.89, 0-2, 2 SV, 17 GP, 20.2 IP, 14 H, 12 BB, 24 Ks) ... Falmouth went 22-22 before topping the Bourne Braves in the CCL playoffs (7-2, 5- 3) and then losing the title series to the Yarmouth- Dennis Red Sox (2-8, 0-2) ... pitched in that final game vs. YD (loss, 2 IP, 2 R/1 ER, BB, K), after entering in the 6th in relief of Eastern Kentucky's Christian Friedrich (who is coached at EKU by former ND closer John Corbin) ... played in summer of '06 with Dupage County Dragons of Central Illinois Collegiate League (4.36, 1-3, 8 GP/5 GS, 33 IP, 32 Ks, 10 BB, 40 H/.301 opp. avg., 3 HB, 4 WP) ... did not play in the 2007 fall Blue- Gold intrasquad series, due to illness ... allowed only one earned run as winning pitcher in decisive game-3 of '06 BGS, striking out six in 5.0 IP as Gold's starter in 8-3 game (2 UERs, 1 H, 3 BB) ... joins four others on '08 team in extending Notre Dame baseball's deep ties to Chicago area ... one of 146 Illinois natives who have earned a monogram with Notre Dame baseball ... assumed #21 jersey worn most recently by 1B/LHP Joe Thaman ('04) ... posted 3.17 GPA in '05 fall semester and a 3.53 in the fall of '07 ... could face several former teammates in 2008 season: Western Michigan's Ethan Holingsworth (Dragons), Danny Wells of Southern Illinois (Joliet Catholic) and Seton Hall ace Keith Cantwell (Commodores).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Proved to be one of staff's top long relievers, with 11 of his appearances coming out of the bullpen (his 15 total games pitched tied for third on the staff) ... compiled 5.68 ERA and 3-2 record, plus 24 Ks, 17 walks and 42 hits allowed (.280 opp. avg.; 2 HRs) in 38 IP (3 HB, 3 WP) ... owned second- best opp. 2-out batting avg. (.156) on staff ... consistent low-ball pitcher who ranked third on team in total groundouts (53), GO/flyout ratio (1.7) and GPs/9 IP (12.6) ... ranked fourth on staff for opp. batting by righthanded hitters (.257) and leadoff on-base pct. (.350) ... allowed 4-of-7 inherited runners to score while ranking as one of staff's top relievers when facing the first batter (his first batters faced, in relief, hit only 1-for-11 with a pair of RBI and a run scored) ... proved to be more effective pitching out of the bullpen (4.76 ERA, .267 opp. batting avg. in 11 relief appearances) than as a starter (when he compiled a 7.05 ERA with .297 opp. batting) ... his other bullpen stats in '07: 2-1, 22.2 IP, 23 H in 86 ABs, 14 R/12 ER, 10 Ks, 11 BB, 2 WP, 2 HB) ... his four starts also included: 1-1, 15.1 IP, 19 H in 64 ABs, 12 ER, 14 Ks, 6 BB, WP, 2 HB ... had long relief stint in opening-week game with Texas State (4.1 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 K; 0-6, in San Antonio) ... lost start versus home team Coastal Carolina (3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 HB, 2 BK, 3 Ks; 0-4, in Myrtle Beach) and then suffered loss in relief at Stetson (3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, K; 4-5) ... helped close spring break with 5-2 win over Dayton, at Florida Gulf Coast (2.1 IP, 2 H, BB, K) ... also pitched in 17-9 win over Western Michigan (2 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 Ks) ... notched win as starter in planned rotation versus Oakland (3 IP, H, 3 Ks; 7-3) ... pitcher of record in 3-2 win over IPFW (UER, H, 3 BB, K) ... added another win with 4.0 strong relief innings versus Illinois-Chicago (UER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks; 4-3).
AS A FRESHMAN: Emerged as contributing middle reliever en route to 3.71 ERA (sixth on staff) in 11 GP (2-0) ... ranked fifth-best on staff with .245 opp. batting (23 H) while showing good control (13 Ks, 6 BB, 2 WP, 0 HB, 0 HR) ... his .095 opp. batting by lefthanded hitters was best on staff, as was his 12.5 GOs/9 IP (his 2.03 BB/9 IP was second-best) ... had 1.48 groundout/flyout ratio (fourth on staff, as was his .250 opp. batting with runners on) ... his 9-inn. averages included 7.8 hits (fifth-best on staff), for impressive "WHIP" of 9.8 (BB+H/9 IP) ... allowed 2-of-4 inherited runners to score while his first batters faced hit 4-for-10 (HB, R, 2 Ks) ... made debut on spring break trip in San Antonio, with inning versus Iowa (16- 2) ... his first BIG EAST appearance came at Georgetown (IP, 2 H; 12-2) ... added 2.0 shutout innings vs. Valparaiso (2 H, BB, K; 12-0) and 5.1 innings for his longest outing of season, picking up 6- 4 win over Chicago State (R, 3 H, BB, K) ... touched for two runs in 11-8 loss to Bowling Green that halted team's record-setting win streak at 23 games (6 H, 3 Ks, WP) ... his final four outings included 3.0 IP vs. Cleveland State (R, 3 BB, 2 Ks, WP; 12-1), a long stint in 7-6 loss at Seton Hall (5 IP, R, 2 H, HB, 2 Ks), a shutout frame in final regular-season game (12-1 road win over Villanova; K, HB) and two batters faced in NCAAs at Kentucky (H; 4-10).
PREP & PERSONAL: Lettered twice in baseball at Joliet Catholic Academy ... posted 3.21 ERA as senior captain (303, 59 Ks), with win in regional playoffs ... Baseball America rated him 96th among nation's top prep prospects while Team One Baseball's listed him as #2 overall prep prospect in Illinois ... went undefeated in postseason play during prep career, including regional-final wins in '04 and '05 ... compiled 3.28 ERA, 6-1 record and 44 Ks (53.1 IP, 49 H) for '04 state runner-up team (36-8), earning first team all-area ... notched '04 postseason wins in regional, super sectionals and state quarterfinals (saved semifinal) ... named to '04 state all-tournament team (2-0, 2 SV) ... beat rival Providence in '04 regional final (5.2 IP) ... added complete game in super-sectional vs. Sandburg (R, 4 H, 7 Ks), closed 2-1 quarterfinal win over top-ranked St. Rita (2.2 IP) and saved semifinal vs. St. Charles East (2.2 IP) ... threw 1- hit shutout of St. Rita in first varsity start ... participated in '04 Perfect Game National Showcase (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Team One North Showcase at Notre Dame (rated #3 prospect), '04 World Wood Bat Tournament (Marietta, Ga.) and Perfect Game World Wood Bat National Championship (Ft. Myers, Fla.) ... played for '04 Top Tier and Major League Beginnings clubs ... invited to PG AFLAC Showcase in Baltimore but unable to attend ... led New Lenox Hawks to '02 CABA Quality national title ... one of two recipients of 2000 Illinois State Principals Award (recognizing leadership, academics and athletics) ... selected for '04 National Youth Leadership Forum (Washington, D.C.) ... hails from Joliet Academy system that produced former ND football walk-on Rudy Ruettiger (whose story inspired the movie "Rudy"), recent Irish football linebacker Mike Goolsby, former ND lefthander Michalak, and former Irish catcher Chuck Lennon (now executive director of ND's Alumni Association) ... born March 12, 1987, in Clearwater, Fla. ... son of Paul and Cindy Graffy ... full name is Brett Paul Graffy ... a history major, in the College of Arts and Letters.
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