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Birth Date8-16-1988
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age30 years, 7 months, 10 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.62015
0.52016
1.02017
-0.42018
0.02019
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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 PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2012 TEX MLB 5 2 14.0 1 1 0 22 3 13 1 109 14.1 1.9 0.6 8.4 45% .438 1.79 2.75 9.00 91 3.25 74.4 0.3
2013 CHN 0 10 0 9.0 0 2 0 4 3 8 0 103 4.0 3.0 0.0 8.0 38% .167 0.78 2.57 2.00 90 3.70 88.7 0.1
2013 TEX 0 17 17 89.0 7 7 0 116 31 68 15 102 11.7 3.1 1.5 6.9 45% .347 1.65 4.81 6.37 112 5.86 140.3 -1.0
2014 CHN MLB 73 0 69.0 5 2 0 59 27 70 4 100 7.7 3.5 0.5 9.1 51% .294 1.25 3.17 3.78 90 3.37 82.7 0.9
2015 CHN MLB 62 0 49.7 3 5 3 31 26 67 4 98 5.6 4.7 0.7 12.1 45% .255 1.15 3.14 1.99 66 2.07 48.3 1.6
2016 CHN MLB 68 0 52.7 2 1 0 47 23 65 5 91 8.0 3.9 0.9 11.1 42% .321 1.33 3.31 4.10 97 4.14 91.6 0.5
2017 CHN MLB 50 0 55.3 1 2 1 47 27 59 12 98 7.6 4.4 2.0 9.6 41% .263 1.34 5.37 5.53 92 3.58 76.2 1.0
2018 KCA 0 16 0 12.7 1 3 0 17 14 8 2 102 12.1 9.9 1.4 5.7 44% .349 2.45 7.30 13.50 119 7.86 175.5 -0.4
2018 SEA 0 5 0 4.7 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 95 3.9 0.0 1.9 5.8 23% .083 0.43 4.69 1.93 73 3.50 78.3 0.1
2013 TOT MLB 27 17 98.0 7 9 0 120 34 76 15 102 11.0 3.1 1.4 7.0 44% .333 1.57 4.61 5.97 111 5.66 135.5 -0.9
2018 TOT MLB 21 0 17.3 1 3 0 19 14 11 3 100 9.9 7.3 1.6 5.7 40% .291 1.90 6.60 10.38 110 6.69 149.3 -0.4
CareerMLB30619356.02023434515436144998.73.91.19.145%.3091.404.074.98954.1295.73.0

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2011 HIC A SAL 9 9 50.3 2 1 0 45 18 54 5 105 8.0 3.2 0.9 9.7 44% .310 1.25 3.92 3.40 0 0.00 0.0
2011 MYR A+ CAR 16 16 90.3 5 2 0 84 30 73 2 102 8.4 3.0 0.2 7.3 55% .298 1.26 3.09 3.39 0 0.00 0.0
2012 TEX MLB AL 5 2 14.0 1 1 0 22 3 13 1 109 14.1 1.9 0.6 8.4 45% .438 1.79 2.75 9.00 91 3.25 74.4
2012 FRI AA TEX 16 14 83.7 9 3 0 70 14 73 3 95 7.5 1.5 0.3 7.9 50% .288 1.00 2.53 1.72 0 0.00 0.0
2012 ROU AAA PCL 9 8 51.0 2 3 0 53 16 30 2 94 9.4 2.8 0.4 5.3 54% .307 1.35 4.17 4.59 0 0.00 0.0
2013 CHN MLB NL 10 0 9.0 0 2 0 4 3 8 0 103 4.0 3.0 0.0 8.0 38% .167 0.78 2.57 2.00 90 3.70 88.7
2013 TEX MLB AL 17 17 89.0 7 7 0 116 31 68 15 102 11.7 3.1 1.5 6.9 45% .347 1.65 4.81 6.37 112 5.86 140.3
2013 IOW AAA PCL 8 8 42.3 2 3 0 46 17 41 1 92 9.8 3.6 0.2 8.7 51% .354 1.49 3.14 4.68 0 0.00 0.0
2013 ROU AAA PCL 1 1 5.7 1 0 0 4 2 4 0 89 6.4 3.2 0.0 6.4 63% .250 1.06 3.21 1.59 0 0.00 0.0
2014 CHN MLB NL 73 0 69.0 5 2 0 59 27 70 4 100 7.7 3.5 0.5 9.1 51% .294 1.25 3.17 3.78 90 3.37 82.7
2015 CHN MLB NL 62 0 49.7 3 5 3 31 26 67 4 98 5.6 4.7 0.7 12.1 45% .255 1.15 3.14 1.99 66 2.07 48.3
2015 IOW AAA PCL 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 76 0.0 9.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 1.00 2.59 0.00 20 0.90 19.5
2016 CHN MLB NL 68 0 52.7 2 1 0 47 23 65 5 91 8.0 3.9 0.9 11.1 42% .321 1.33 3.31 4.10 97 4.14 91.6
2016 IOW AAA PCL 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 9.0 0.0 0.0 27.0 0% 1.000 1.00 -2.28 0.00 -39 -2.38 -52.3
2017 CHN MLB NL 50 0 55.3 1 2 1 47 27 59 12 98 7.6 4.4 2.0 9.6 41% .263 1.34 5.37 5.53 92 3.58 76.2
2017 IOW AAA PCL 10 0 11.7 0 1 3 10 5 18 2 7.7 3.9 1.5 13.9 52% .320 1.29 4.14 3.86 53 1.59 33.5
2018 KCA MLB AL 16 0 12.7 1 3 0 17 14 8 2 102 12.1 9.9 1.4 5.7 44% .349 2.45 7.30 13.50 119 7.86 175.5
2018 SEA MLB AL 5 0 4.7 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 95 3.9 0.0 1.9 5.8 23% .083 0.43 4.69 1.93 73 3.50 78.3
2018 EVE A- NWL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0 9.0 9.0 0.0 13.5 75% .500 2.00 3.55 4.50 106 5.71 126.6
2018 OMA AAA PCL 9 0 9.3 1 1 0 15 6 13 0 14.5 5.8 0.0 12.5 32% .536 2.25 2.88 8.68 55 1.04 22.2
2018 TAC AAA PCL 10 0 11.0 1 0 0 8 2 17 0 6.5 1.6 0.0 13.9 30% .348 0.91 1.74 1.64 51 1.52 32.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
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 960 0.4521 0.4188 0.6965 0.5968 0.2719 0.8533 0.4126 0.3035
2018 293 0.4573 0.4061 0.7899 0.6493 0.2013 0.8736 0.5625 0.2101
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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
2019 LAN $
2018 CHN $532,258
2018 KCA $1,250,000
2017 CHN $1,825,000
2016 CHN $1,275,000
2015 CHN $531,500
2014 CHN $505,500
2013 TEX $
2012 TEX $
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$5,919,258
5 yrTotal$5,919,258

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 111 dBledsoe Brothers1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 1/3/19 (minor-league contract). Released by Cleveland 3/22/19 (exercised opt-out provision). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 3/24/19 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$2.2M (2018). Lost arbitration with Chicago Cubs 2/8/18 ($2.475M-$2.2M). Released by Chicago Cubs 3/15/18 (due 45 days' salary, $532,258). 1 year/$1.25M (2018). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 3/18/18. May earn additional $0.3M in performance bonuses. Released by Kansas City 7/7/18. Signed by Seattle as a free agent 7/25/18 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Seattle 9/1/18. Sent outright to Triple-A by Seattle 10/31/18.
  • 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.

2019 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 3.7 1.2 1.5 62 0 55.8 43 22 58 7 .257 1.17 3.17 3.66 8.3 0.9
80o 3.2 1 1.3 55 0 49.9 42 21 52 6 .272 1.26 3.57 4.1 5.1 0.6
70o 2.9 0.9 1.1 51 0 45.8 40 21 47 6 .282 1.33 3.86 4.41 3.1 0.3
60o 2.6 0.8 1 47 0 42.3 39 20 44 6 .291 1.39 4.12 4.69 1.6 0.2
50o 2.4 0.7 0.9 43 0 39.2 37 19 41 6 .300 1.45 4.36 4.95 0.4 0.0
40o 2.2 0.6 0.8 40 0 36.1 36 18 37 6 .308 1.51 4.61 5.22 -0.7 -0.1
30o 2 0.5 0.7 36 0 32.9 34 18 34 5 .317 1.57 4.88 5.51 -1.6 -0.2
20o 1.7 0.4 0.6 32 0 29.3 32 16 30 5 .328 1.65 5.20 5.86 -2.5 -0.3
10o 1.4 0.3 0.5 27 0 24.4 29 15 25 4 .343 1.77 5.66 6.35 -3.4 -0.4
Weighted Mean2.40.70.943038.63719406.2981.434.334.920.50.1

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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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