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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
55.3 3.78 1.32 50 3 2 1 0.4
Birth Date8-16-1988
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age29 years, 3 months, 8 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.82013
1.02014
1.12015
0.72016
-0.22017
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2012 TEX MLB 5 2 14.0 1 1 0 22 3 13 1 .256 109 14.1 1.9 0.6 8.4 45% .438 .313 1.79 2.75 9.00 93 5.34 122.4 -0.1
2013 CHN 0 10 0 9.0 0 2 0 4 3 8 0 .266 103 4.0 3.0 0.0 8.0 38% .167 .185 0.78 2.57 2.00 82 3.31 79.3 0.2
2013 TEX 0 17 17 89.0 7 7 0 116 31 68 15 .263 102 11.7 3.1 1.5 6.9 45% .347 .315 1.65 4.81 6.37 111 5.83 139.6 -1.0
2014 CHN MLB 73 0 69.0 5 2 0 59 27 70 4 .258 100 7.7 3.5 0.5 9.1 51% .294 .238 1.25 3.17 3.78 88 3.36 82.4 1.0
2015 CHN MLB 62 0 49.7 3 5 3 31 26 67 4 .259 98 5.6 4.7 0.7 12.1 45% .255 .232 1.15 3.14 1.99 80 2.84 66.4 1.1
2016 CHN MLB 68 0 52.7 2 1 0 47 23 65 5 .264 91 8.0 3.9 0.9 11.1 42% .321 .256 1.33 3.31 4.10 84 3.77 83.5 0.7
2017 CHN MLB 50 0 55.3 1 2 1 47 27 59 12 .257 98 7.6 4.4 2.0 9.6 41% .263 .254 1.34 5.37 5.53 112 5.48 116.6 -0.2
2013 TOT MLB 27 17 98.0 7 9 0 120 34 76 15 .263 102 11.0 3.1 1.4 7.0 44% .333 .304 1.57 4.61 5.97 108 5.60 134.0 -0.8
CareerMLB28519338.71920432614035041.260998.73.71.19.345%.310.2661.383.954.70964.42102.41.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2011 HIC A 9 9 50.3 2 1 0 45 18 54 5 .260 105 8.0 3.2 0.9 9.7 44% .310 .243 1.25 3.92 3.40 90 3.10 93.6
2011 MYR A+ 16 16 90.3 5 2 0 84 30 73 2 .252 102 8.4 3.0 0.2 7.3 55% .298 .237 1.26 3.09 3.39 95 4.44 102.7
2012 TEX MLB 5 2 14.0 1 1 0 22 3 13 1 .256 109 14.1 1.9 0.6 8.4 45% .438 .313 1.79 2.75 9.00 93 5.34 122.4
2012 FRI AA 16 14 83.7 9 3 0 70 14 73 3 .265 95 7.5 1.5 0.3 7.9 50% .288 .207 1.00 2.53 1.72 82 2.57 86.1
2012 ROU AAA 9 8 51.0 2 3 0 53 16 30 2 .266 94 9.4 2.8 0.4 5.3 54% .307 .261 1.35 4.17 4.59 107 4.89 105.0
2013 CHN MLB 10 0 9.0 0 2 0 4 3 8 0 .266 103 4.0 3.0 0.0 8.0 38% .167 .185 0.78 2.57 2.00 82 3.31 79.3
2013 TEX MLB 17 17 89.0 7 7 0 116 31 68 15 .263 102 11.7 3.1 1.5 6.9 45% .347 .315 1.65 4.81 6.37 111 5.83 139.6
2013 IOW AAA 8 8 42.3 2 3 0 46 17 41 1 .267 92 9.8 3.6 0.2 8.7 51% .354 .266 1.49 3.14 4.68 85 2.90 88.1
2013 ROU AAA 1 1 5.7 1 0 0 4 2 4 0 .269 89 6.4 3.2 0.0 6.4 62% .250 .179 1.06 3.21 1.59 86 2.61 84.8
2014 CHN MLB 73 0 69.0 5 2 0 59 27 70 4 .258 100 7.7 3.5 0.5 9.1 51% .294 .238 1.25 3.17 3.78 88 3.36 82.4
2015 CHN MLB 62 0 49.7 3 5 3 31 26 67 4 .259 98 5.6 4.7 0.7 12.1 45% .255 .232 1.15 3.14 1.99 80 2.84 66.4
2015 IOW AAA 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 .286 76 0.0 9.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 .157 1.00 2.59 0.00 98 4.45 103.9
2016 CHN MLB 68 0 52.7 2 1 0 47 23 65 5 .264 91 8.0 3.9 0.9 11.1 42% .321 .256 1.33 3.31 4.10 84 3.77 83.5
2016 IOW AAA 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 .253 9.0 0.0 0.0 27.0 0% 1.000 .247 1.00 -2.28 0.00 92 3.50 96.2
2017 CHN MLB 50 0 55.3 1 2 1 47 27 59 12 .257 98 7.6 4.4 2.0 9.6 41% .263 .254 1.34 5.37 5.53 112 5.48 116.6
2017 IOW AAA 10 0 11.7 0 1 3 10 5 18 2 .260 7.7 3.9 1.5 13.9 52% .320 .255 1.29 4.14 3.86 79 2.91 56.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2012 248 0.5282 0.4435 0.8091 0.5802 0.2906 0.8684 0.6765 0.1909
2013 1635 0.4722 0.4300 0.8080 0.5777 0.2978 0.9103 0.6304 0.1920
2014 1118 0.4571 0.4338 0.7402 0.6067 0.2883 0.8323 0.5771 0.2598
2015 865 0.4150 0.4081 0.6544 0.5710 0.2925 0.8732 0.3514 0.3456
2016 898 0.4143 0.4098 0.6739 0.5565 0.3061 0.8502 0.4472 0.3261
2017 924 0.4535 0.4199 0.6959 0.5990 0.2713 0.8606 0.3942 0.3041
Career56880.45080.42320.7320.58260.29180.86990.51220.268

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-07-13 2013-07-23 DTD 10 6 Right Forearm Tightness - -
2011-07-05 2011-07-13 Minors 8 7 Left Ankle Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $1,825,000
2016 CHN $1,275,000
2015 CHN $531,500
2014 CHN $505,500
2013 TEX $
2012 TEX $
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,312,000
2017Current$1,825,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$4,137,000
4 yrTotal$4,137,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 153 dBledsoe Brothers1 year/$1.825M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.825M (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.275M (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5315M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/15.
  • 1 year/$0.5055M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.491M (2013). Re-signed by Texas 2/12/13. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Texas 7/22/13 (Matt Garza deal).
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Texas 6/16/12.
  • Drafted by Texas 2010 (5-166) (Georgia). $0.825M signing bonus.

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20182921045048372157445.3091.223.403.917.04.010.80.80.7
20193021041044322050445.2941.193.514.046.64.110.30.80.5
20203121038041321847445.3021.233.624.167.14.010.40.90.4
20213221038040331846445.3191.273.564.097.44.010.40.90.5
20223321042045362353445.3141.323.654.207.34.610.70.80.5
20233421038040281950345.2951.173.103.566.24.211.20.70.7
20243531053056372469445.2841.103.163.636.03.911.20.60.9
20253642171075532994445.3051.092.623.016.43.511.30.51.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Carlos Carrasco 2015 3.68
2 89 Angel Guzman 2010 0.00 DNP
3 89 Zach McAllister 2016 3.75
4 87 Tyler Clippard 2013 2.41
5 87 Anthony Swarzak 2014 5.02
6 86 Hong-Chih Kuo 2010 1.20
7 86 Dustin McGowan 2010 0.00 DNP
8 86 John Maine 2009 4.65
9 86 Edinson Volquez 2012 4.34
10 86 Shaun Marcum 2010 3.87
11 85 Joel Hanrahan 2010 3.62
12 85 Jeanmar Gomez 2016 4.41
13 85 Robinson Tejeda 2010 4.13
14 85 Rich Hill 2008 4.12
15 85 Brett Cecil 2015 2.82
16 85 Wesley Wright 2013 4.02
17 85 J.J. Hoover 2016 13.98
18 85 Jake McGee 2015 2.65
19 84 Sean Burnett 2011 3.81
20 84 Jeff Niemann 2011 4.32
21 84 Ernesto Frieri 2014 7.34
22 84 Zach Miner 2010 0.00 DNP
23 84 Franklin Morales 2014 5.69
24 84 Boof Bonser 2010 6.12
25 84 Wil Ledezma 2009 11.12
26 84 David Aardsma 2010 3.44
27 84 Tony Pena 2010 5.54
28 84 Sean Marshall 2011 2.50
29 84 Kyle Gibson 2016 5.43
30 83 Anthony Bass 2016 0.00 DNP
31 83 Andrew Cashner 2015 5.41
32 83 Tyson Ross 2015 3.58
33 83 Ramon Ramirez 2010 3.12
34 83 Nick Blackburn 2010 5.65
35 83 Scott Baker 2010 4.60
36 83 Jared Burton 2009 4.55
37 83 Gavin Floyd 2011 4.51
38 83 Joe Kelly 2016 5.30
39 83 Junichi Tazawa 2014 3.29
40 83 Vidal Nuno 2016 3.92
41 83 Josh Collmenter 2014 3.76
42 82 Lance Lynn 2015 3.39
43 82 James McDonald 2013 7.28
44 82 Neal Cotts 2008 4.54
45 82 Jeff Samardzija 2013 4.59
46 82 Jacob deGrom 2016 3.22
47 82 Brandon McCarthy 2012 3.57
48 82 David Phelps 2015 4.74
49 82 Dave Bush 2008 4.48
50 82 Alex Cobb 2016 6.63
51 81 Charlie Furbush 2014 3.61
52 81 Jake Arrieta 2014 2.64
53 81 Sergio Mitre 2009 7.66
54 81 Seth McClung 2009 4.94
55 81 Neftali Feliz 2016 3.69
56 81 Aaron Heilman 2007 3.77
57 81 Adam Wainwright 2010 2.66
58 81 Phil Coke 2011 5.30
59 81 Shawn Hill 2009 5.25
60 81 Blake Wood 2014 7.11
61 80 Luke Gregerson 2012 2.39
62 80 Aaron Loup 2016 5.40
63 80 Clayton Richard 2012 4.49
64 80 Doug Fister 2012 4.06
65 80 Juan Oviedo 2010 3.74
66 80 Aaron Crow 2015 0.00 DNP
67 80 Dillon Gee 2014 4.00
68 80 Randy Wells 2011 5.05
69 80 Rafael Soriano 2008 3.21
70 80 Burke Badenhop 2011 4.10
71 80 Charlie Morton 2012 5.36
72 80 Wade Miley 2015 4.55
73 80 Esmil Rogers 2014 5.91
74 80 Kris Medlen 2014 0.00 DNP
75 80 Nate Jones 2014 0.00 DNP
76 80 Brandon Morrow 2013 6.46
77 80 Steve Cishek 2014 3.58
78 80 Bill Bray 2011 2.98
79 80 Chase Anderson 2016 4.85
80 79 Jim Johnson 2011 2.97
81 79 Matt Lindstrom 2008 3.30
82 79 Joe Blanton 2009 4.10
83 79 Adam Ottavino 2014 3.74
84 79 Luke Hochevar 2012 6.17
85 79 David Hernandez 2013 4.76
86 79 Ivan Nova 2015 5.17
87 79 Brandon League 2011 3.67
88 79 Matt Albers 2011 4.87
89 79 Homer Bailey 2014 3.71
90 79 Kevin Correia 2009 4.18
91 79 Fernando Salas 2013 4.82
92 79 Vinnie Pestano 2013 4.58
93 79 Nick Masset 2010 3.64
94 79 Wade Davis 2014 1.00
95 79 Adam Warren 2016 4.92
96 79 Chris Tillman 2016 3.84
97 79 Jason Hammel 2011 5.28
98 79 Cory Rasmus 2016 5.70
99 79 Ryan Cook 2015 19.73
100 79 Denny Bautista 2009 5.27

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .242 .325 .366 .259
11 vs R (Multi) .223 .307 .353 .251
18 Split (Multi) .019 .018 .013 .007
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .267 .337 .395 .272
31 vs R (2016) .209 .300 .339 .244
38 Split (2016) .059 .037 .056 .028
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Forearm inflammation kept Grimm under 50 innings on the year, but the fastball-curveball reliever dominated when healthy. Initially acquired from the Rangers to help shore up a thin rotation, Grimm appears to have settled into a long-term position in the bullpen, where he has pitched exclusively since the end of 2013. If his forearm issues subside, and if he can cut the walks back to his old rate while maintaining his gain in strikeouts, Grimm could be poised for a move up the leverage ladder in 2016. If he works his way into a closer role, he'll need a nickname; may we suggest "King Thrushbeard"?
2015 The story of Grimm's career is still unwritten, and could take multiple paths. Last season was a solid one for him out of the 'pen, but he has the repertoire—and desire—to start again. His slider has improved significantly since he last found regular work as a starter, so the added weapon could help compensate for the inevitable drop in fastball velocity that would accompany a transition back to the rotation. If his new slide-piece doesn't turn into a pumpkin there's a chance he could hold down a fourth starter role; if not, he'll earn his pension as a swingman.
2014 Grimm spent the early part of last season toiling at the back of the Texas rotation, with little success. His big-breaking curveball is a big-league pitch, but as soon as hitters discovered his straight, low-90s fastball, plate appearances devolved into Tarantino revenge fantasies. Traded to the Cubs as part of the haul for Matt Garza, Grimm earned a September cup of coffee and turned in 10 successful relief outings. His fastball sat in the mid-90s when working out of the pen, and he broke out a slider that kept righties off balance. The Cubs still consider him a starter with mid-rotation potential, but if that doesnt pan out, his stuff might well play up in relief.
2013 Nickname possibilities aside, Grimm is one of the systems top pitching prospects. A fifth-round pick in 2010, he made his big-league debut last summer, less than two years after he was drafted. A two-pitch guy in college, Grimm has built upon his plus fastball-curveball combo by adding a promising changeup. Now brandishing a starters complement of weapons, Grimm has the ceiling of a third starter. His velocity and breaking ball could also play in the late innings if hes unable to stick in a rotation. Since the Rangers enter 2013 lacking experienced depth in their pitching ranks, Grimm could be a real Cinderella story.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seems like only yesterday that Justin Grimm was projected to be a future mid-rotation starter. Now he gets less mention on their rotation depth discussions than Kyle Hendricks. What do you know about the Cubs' plans for Grimm, and do you think he could be a force as a late-inning reliever instead? Who is the next SP to make Chicago's rotation in case of injury?
(Oliver from Boston)
The mid-rotation starter thing was a ceiling. It didn't mean it was going to happen. He's depth for the Cubs. He probably won't make their rotation this season, but he'll probably be up at some point. He's in their plans as one of the 8-9 starters teams lineup that they know they'll need over the course of a long season. If not, he'll settle in as a middle reliever. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Justin Grimm hasn't been in the discussion much as a SP in Chicago-know he was highly rated going into last season. Have people overreacted to his rough audition in TEX last yr? Thoughts on Kyle Hendricks?
(Matt from Chicago)
I think they have. It wasn't that long ago that Grimm was a potential #3 starter. I think he has retained that upside, but is less likely to reach it. That said he can be a serviceable backend starter and I think he sees plenty of time in Chicago these next two seasons. Hendricks is more of a 5/6 guy. Nice guy to have in the minors. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's say in 5 years a current Cubs pitching prospect is an ace. Which prospect would least surprise you?
(Dale from Florida)
I hate to disappoint you, but I don't think there's an answer to that because I don't think there's really an arm in the system with more than no. 3 starter potential. There are some good arms here and there, and they've improved by picking up C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, but I don't see anyone with much of a chance to be a no. 1 or 2 starter. Those are rare and they don't tend to come out of nowhere, and that's what would have to happen for the Cubs to get one from a guy in their system at present. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jason. Shouldn't the Cubs have done better than C.J. Edwards and Leury Garcia for Garza? Since the Cubs braintrust knows what they're doing can you describe the ceilings of Edwards and Garcia. Thanks
(mmcd from ottawa)
I...think you're confused. The Cubs got Edwards, Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, and at least one (potentially two) PTBNL for Garza. That's one hell of a haul for less than half a season of Garza. Leury Garcia is a White Sox. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did any team do better than the Astros at the deadline? Seems like they turned a reliever pretending to be a starter, a low-tier closer and a fourth outfielder into a good OF prospect, a solid OF prospect, two strong SP prospects, a PTBNL and a top 40 overall pick in a strong draft class next year.
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston)
I think the two Chicago teams did. The Astros didn't get a prospect of Garcia or Olt's cut, and the Cubs also received a close-to-surefire MLB pitcher in Justin Grimm. Houston did get some interesting pieces. Danry Vazquez's power is intriguing, L.J. Hoes could be a nice bench piece, and the arms might turn into something (though I think the Kyle Smith outrage, which seems based upon his numbers alone is a bit much; besides, Justin Maxwell is an okay fourth outfielder). We'll see what the PTBNL and draft pick yields.

Of course, on the bright side: Houston didn't give up a whole lot that impacts their future. Jose Veras was always trade bait, Bud Norris is about to cost more than a bad team should pay him, and Justin Maxwell was a savvy waiver-wire pickup. So Houston seemingly did well. I just don't know if they did the best. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anyway I can nab Tulo for Josh Hamilton, Josh Rutledge, and Justin Grimm in a dynasty league? or is my offer insulting?
(Peter from Omaha)
It's only not insulting because he's hurt, but it's not a good offer, either. I'd want more. Make that real arm and you might have something. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How did Martin Perez look last night?
(Mario66 from Toronto)
Honestly it may have been the best I've ever seen him. He gave up some hits, but they were literally all bloopers/bleeders. Stayed within his delivery and commanded his fastball down in the zone, sitting 92-94 and getting 95-96 whenever he needed. Changeup was good, curveball was the sharpest I've seen it in a couple years, and he mixed in quite a few sliders as a fourth pitch. For me, he's a better rotation option than Justin Grimm and Josh Lindblom right now. (Jason Cole)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks Jason, but saying that someone is a better rotation option than Justin Grimm and Josh Lindblom is like saying he's a better NBA prospect than Tyrion Lannister. Can Perez reclaim a ceiling as a #3, or is he more back of the rotation fodder?
(Mario66 from Toronto)
I think he's a no. 3, just one that hasn't developed quickly. The stuff is actually improving he's showing the feel he showed at times last season with the pure stuff that he had shown a couple years back. Despite the fact that he has been on the prospect radar for a long time, it's easy to forget that he's still just 22 and will be all season. He's only three months older than Mark Appel! (Jason Cole)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Jason! What are your thoughts on Justin Grimm's start to the season?
(Or from Oak Cliff (that's my hood))
Promising. I spoke to Grimm at the end of spring training and he admitted he put too much pressure on himself early in camp while competing for the Rangers' no. 5 job. He was rushing through his delivery and kind of jumping forward with his lower half before the upper half could catch up. He was doing that as well in his first start against Seattle, but has been much better since.

I think Grimm still needs seasoning in Triple-A, because the two-seam fastball and slider will be big for him. His four-seam fastball lacks movement and is very hittable when left over the plate. His two-seamer flashes plus life, but it's something that'll need to be developed in Triple-A. Either way, with all the injuries, the Rangers need him in MLB right now, and he's been good enough through three starts. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)I need pitching. How much would you pay from a $250 FAP budget for John Lackey or Justin Grimm? Thanks!
(Mike from NYC)
Oh, I'm awful with bidding prices. I tend to bid low because there's always another, similar option available. Don't break the bank on either would be my (likely unhelpful) advice. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Did Justin Grimm's disappointing spring change your view of him, or do you still consider him to be ready for an extended MLB audition this season?
(edwardarthur from Illinois)
He struggled, but young pitchers struggle. Finding consistency is what will make him a major leaguer, as he already has the stuff to make that happen. It might take time, but he will eventually find more rhythm and consistency with his mechanics and utility with his arsenal, and then he can make another run at the majors. I'm still high on him. Could develop into sold-avg 3/4 starter type. (Jason Parks)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Justin Grimm has thrown 5,978 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2017, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2017, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Curve (82mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (87mph) and Sinker (94mph).