DURHAM, N.C. – Duke junior left-hander Graeme Stinson was drafted with the No. 128 overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Monday. Stinson is the 14th Blue Devil in program history to be selected in the fifth round or higher and the highest pick since Jimmy Herron was taken in the third round of the 2018 draft.
Stinson is the first Blue Devil taken in the 2019 draft and the 22nd drafted under head coach Chris Pollard’s tenure.
A dominant force on the mound, Stinson has been a strikeout machine for the Blue Devils, owning a career mark of 13.83 strikeouts per nine innings. The southpaw has collected 169 punchouts across his 110.0 innings of work throughout his three seasons.
Stinson entered the season as a consensus All-American, receiving five preseason All-America nods, including a Baseball America first team honor where he was one of only three unanimous first-team selections. The Norcross, Ga., native also earned a spot on the Collegiate Baseball second team and the Perfect/Game/Rawlings third team, before being named to the D1Baseball first team.
The Duke left-hander saw limited action on the mound in 2019, with his last start of the season coming on March 15 against Louisville. Stinson owned a 2-2 record across his five starts on the campaign. Stinson made a start in Duke’s combined no-hitter against Penn State, which came on March 1. He tossed 5.0 hitless innings while striking out five.
Last summer, Stinson was named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, striking out 10 batters in six innings while scattering two hits and five walks across three appearances.