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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
39.0 3.78 1.34 46 2 2 0 0.5
Birth Date8-16-1988
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age29 years, 6 months, 4 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.02014
1.12015
0.72016
-0.22017
0.52018
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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
2018 CHN $2,200,000
2017 CHN $1,825,000
2016 CHN $1,275,000
2015 CHN $531,500
2014 CHN $505,500
2013 TEX $
2012 TEX $
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$4,137,000
2018Current$2,200,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$6,337,000
5 yrTotal$6,337,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 153 dBledsoe Brothers1 year/$2.2M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.2M (2018). Lost arbitration with Chicago Cubs 2/8/18 ($2.475M-$2.2M).
  • 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.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2.1 1.6 0 37 0 55.2 39 21 65 5 .260 1.09 2.71 2.87 8.3 0.9
80o 2.1 1.6 0 37 0 49.4 38 20 58 5 .274 1.17 3.07 3.26 6.8 0.7
70o 2.1 1.7 0 37 0 45.4 37 19 53 5 .285 1.23 3.34 3.56 5.6 0.6
60o 2 1.7 0 37 0 42.0 35 19 49 5 .294 1.29 3.57 3.81 4.6 0.5
50o 2 1.7 0 37 0 38.9 34 18 46 5 .302 1.34 3.78 4.05 3.6 0.4
40o 2 1.7 0 37 0 35.9 33 17 42 5 .311 1.40 4.00 4.29 2.7 0.3
30o 1.9 1.8 0 37 0 32.7 31 16 38 4 .320 1.46 4.25 4.56 1.6 0.2
20o 1.9 1.8 0 37 0 29.1 29 15 34 4 .330 1.53 4.53 4.87 0.4 0.0
10o 1.9 1.9 0 37 0 24.3 26 14 29 4 .345 1.64 4.94 5.32 -1.4 -0.2
Weighted Mean21.7037038.33318455.3001.333.754.023.80.4

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 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
20193031055059472667743.3031.244.014.397.24.010.31.10.5
20203131054057472565743.3121.274.034.427.54.010.31.10.5
20213231053057462466643.3131.243.814.187.33.810.51.00.6
20223331049052432261643.3111.243.874.247.43.810.51.00.5
20233421042045371951543.3131.254.004.387.53.810.31.00.4
20243521042044371951543.3131.263.974.357.53.910.41.00.4
20253621038041351746543.3141.283.974.357.73.810.21.10.4
20263721037040331745543.3141.263.944.327.53.910.21.10.4
20273821036038331644543.3151.283.954.337.73.810.31.20.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Neftali Feliz 2017 6.46
2 87 David Hernandez 2014 0.00 DNP
3 87 Juan Cruz 2008 2.96
4 87 Neal Cotts 2009 7.36
5 86 Jose Arredondo 2013 0.00 DNP
6 85 David Aardsma 2011 0.00 DNP
7 85 Manny Delcarmen 2011 0.00 DNP
8 85 J.P. Howell 2012 3.04
9 85 Joba Chamberlain 2015 6.51
10 85 Hong-Chih Kuo 2011 9.67
11 84 Scott Linebrink 2006 3.69
12 84 Bill Bray 2012 5.19
13 84 Sean Marshall 2012 2.66
14 84 Todd Wellemeyer 2008 3.94
15 84 Taylor Buchholz 2011 3.46
16 83 Kevin Correia 2010 5.52
17 83 Kevin Jepsen 2014 2.63
18 83 Zach McAllister 2017 2.32
19 83 Carlos Villanueva 2013 4.06
20 83 Andrew Bailey 2013 3.77
21 83 C.J. Wilson 2010 3.66
22 83 Rafael Soriano 2009 2.97
23 83 J.J. Hoover 2017 4.14
24 83 Boone Logan 2014 7.20
25 83 Seth McClung 2010 0.00 DNP
26 83 Ramon Ramirez 2011 3.15
27 83 Joaquin Benoit 2007 3.07
28 82 Manny Acosta 2010 2.95
29 82 Juan Oviedo 2011 4.20
30 82 Robinson Tejeda 2011 6.14
31 82 Sean Burnett 2012 2.54
32 82 Lance Lynn 2016 0.00 DNP
33 82 Jose Mijares 2014 0.00 DNP
34 82 Santiago Casilla 2010 2.28
35 82 Brett Cecil 2016 4.17
36 82 Mark Lowe 2012 3.43
37 82 Brian Wilson 2011 3.27
38 82 Ryan Madson 2010 2.72
39 82 Nick Masset 2011 3.84
40 82 Justin Duchscherer 2007 4.96
41 82 Kyle McClellan 2013 7.71
42 81 Bill Campbell 1978 4.44
43 81 David Phelps 2016 2.39
44 81 Jesse Crain 2011 2.89
45 81 Chris Ray 2011 4.96
46 81 Brandon League 2012 3.38
47 81 Matt Albers 2012 3.13
48 81 Frank Francisco 2009 3.83
49 81 Tanner Scheppers 2016 4.15
50 81 Brandon Morrow 2014 5.67
51 81 Luke Gregerson 2013 3.26
52 81 Tommy Hunter 2016 3.44
53 81 Antonio Bastardo 2015 2.98
54 81 Mike MacDougal 2006 1.55
55 81 Lindy McDaniel 1965 3.14
56 81 Edinson Volquez 2013 6.02
57 81 Norm Charlton 1992 4.32
58 81 Fernando Salas 2014 3.38
59 81 Greg McMichael 1996 3.84
60 81 Dave Schmidt 1986 3.70
61 80 Tony Pena 2011 6.64
62 80 Tony Watson 2014 1.86
63 80 Vinnie Chulk 2008 5.12
64 80 Jeff Montgomery 1991 3.20
65 80 Francisco Liriano 2013 3.02
66 80 Vinnie Pestano 2014 3.86
67 80 Al Holland 1982 3.82
68 80 Aaron Loup 2017 4.21
69 80 Gary Lucas 1984 3.40
70 80 Jerry Blevins 2013 3.45
71 80 Wesley Wright 2014 3.54
72 80 Daisuke Matsuzaka 2010 4.92
73 80 Chad Cordero 2011 0.00 DNP
74 80 Gavin Floyd 2012 4.50
75 80 Brian Bruney 2011 6.86
76 80 Mark Davis 1990 5.64
77 80 Travis Wood 2016 3.54
78 80 Andrew Cashner 2016 5.66
79 80 Daniel Hudson 2016 5.82
80 80 Pedro Baez 2017 3.38
81 80 Drew Storen 2017 5.27
82 80 Chris Resop 2012 4.28
83 80 Jeremy Affeldt 2008 4.14
84 80 Jeff Zimmerman 2002 0.00 DNP
85 80 Mike Schooler 1992 5.05
86 80 Shawn Tolleson 2017 0.00 DNP
87 79 Dan Wheeler 2007 5.79
88 79 Trevor Cahill 2017 5.36
89 79 Jack Sanford 1958 4.93
90 79 Will Ohman 2007 4.95
91 79 Tug McGraw 1974 4.47
92 79 Jesse Orosco 1986 2.67
93 79 Shaun Marcum 2011 3.77
94 79 Wade Davis 2015 1.07
95 79 John Maine 2010 6.58
96 79 Billy O'Dell 1962 4.04 DNP
97 79 Jeff Fassero 1992 3.78
98 79 Jose Veras 2010 3.75
99 79 Rob Murphy 1989 3.34
100 79 Ricardo Rincon 1999 4.84

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 Grimm is the Jeff Samardzija of relievers. Every time you see him throw a bullpen session, you’re sure he's going to be something special once he gets out on the mound. And indeed, sometimes he’s brilliant—his stuff is just too good for him not to be. But it’s never fully come together for Grimm, even after a 1.99 ERA in 2015, and it’s not entirely evident why. Some of the inconsistency is due to injuries, but some probably comes down to there not being one single Grimm arsenal or one single Grimm approach. To wit: he ditched his slider entirely in 2016, after throwing it as much as a quarter of the time in prior years, and may yet have an entirely different look in 2017. Heck, maybe that version will dominate.
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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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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