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Justin Grimm PCubs

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 25)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date8-16-1988
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age26 years, 0 months, 4 days
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2011
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2012 TEX 23 5 2 14.0 7.0 7.0 1 1 0 0 1 0 65 22 14 14 1 33 3 3 0 13 9.00 2.76 3.81 3.0 0.3
2013 CHN 24 10 0 9.0 0.0 9.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 36 4 3 2 0 5 3 3 1 8 2.00 2.58 2.84 1.2 0.1
2013 TEX 24 17 17 89.0 89.0 0.0 7 7 0 0 6 0 406 116 67 63 15 191 31 30 1 68 6.37 4.82 5.35 0.9 0.0
2014 CHN 25 58 0 53.3 0.0 53.3 3 2 0 1 0 0 230 47 28 25 4 70 25 23 2 53 4.22 3.61 4.55 -2.0 -0.2
Career9019165.396.069.31112017073718911210420299625941425.664.134.843.20.3

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2011 HIC A 9 9 50.3 4.53 110 .243 .259 .328 .397 .260 .310 105 8.7 0.9 8.7 0.9
2011 MYR A+ 16 16 90.3 4.31 111 .237 .257 .321 .383 .252 .298 102 9.3 0.9 9.3 0.9
2012 TEX MLB 5 2 14.0 3.81 121 .313 .247 .314 .398 .256 .438 109 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2012 FRI AA 16 14 83.7 3.59 115 .207 .256 .326 .391 .265 .288 95 13.9 1.5 13.9 1.5
2012 ROU AAA 9 8 51.0 5.19 89 .261 .278 .343 .426 .266 .307 94 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2013 CHN MLB 10 0 9.0 2.84 132 .185 .260 .322 .413 .266 .167 103 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2013 TEX MLB 17 17 89.0 5.35 78 .315 .250 .315 .396 .263 .347 102 0.6 0.1 0.9 0.0
2013 IOW AAA 8 8 42.3 3.38 123 .266 .261 .337 .390 .267 .354 92 9.8 1.0 10.0 0.9
2013 ROU AAA 1 1 5.7 3.61 115 .179 .271 .336 .394 .269 .250 89 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2014 CHN MLB 58 0 53.3 4.55 78 .256 .252 .310 .382 .260 .295 93 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2011 HIC A 2 1 0 9 9 50.3 45 18 54 5 44% .310 8.0 3.2 0.9 9.7 1.25 3.40 8.7 0.9
2011 MYR A+ 5 2 0 16 16 90.3 84 30 73 2 55% .298 8.4 3.0 0.2 7.3 1.26 3.39 9.3 0.9
2012 ROU AAA 2 3 0 9 8 51.0 53 16 30 2 54% .307 9.4 2.8 0.4 5.3 1.35 4.59 1.9 0.2
2012 FRI AA 9 3 0 16 14 83.7 70 14 73 3 50% .288 7.5 1.5 0.3 7.9 1.00 1.72 13.9 1.5
2012 TEX MLB 1 1 0 5 2 14.0 22 3 13 1 45% .438 14.1 1.9 0.6 8.4 1.79 9.00 3.0 0.3
2013 CHN MLB 0 2 0 10 0 9.0 4 3 8 0 38% .167 4.0 3.0 0.0 8.0 0.78 2.00 1.2 0.1
2013 ROU AAA 1 0 0 1 1 5.7 4 2 4 0 62% .250 6.4 3.2 0.0 6.4 1.06 1.59 0.9 0.1
2013 TEX MLB 7 7 0 17 17 89.0 116 31 68 15 45% .347 11.7 3.1 1.5 6.9 1.65 6.37 0.9 0.0
2013 IOW AAA 2 3 0 8 8 42.3 46 17 41 1 51% .354 9.8 3.6 0.2 8.7 1.49 4.68 10.0 0.9
2014 CHN MLB 3 2 0 58 0 53.3 47 25 53 4 50% .295 7.9 4.2 0.7 8.9 1.35 4.22 -2.0 -0.2

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 249 0.4980 0.4476 0.8288 0.5887 0.3040 0.8630 0.7632 0.1712
2013 1638 0.4780 0.4334 0.8322 0.5875 0.2912 0.9239 0.6627 0.1678
2014 882 0.4762 0.4336 0.7539 0.6024 0.2792 0.8340 0.5969 0.2461
Career27690.47920.43470.8070.59240.28850.88980.65080.193

Injury History

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
2014 CHN $505,500
2013 TEX $
2012 TEX $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2011Current$505,500
1 yrTotal$505,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 170 dBledsoe Brothers1 year/$0.5055M (2014)

Details
  • 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.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .305 .361 .509 .309
11 vs R (Multi) .304 .355 .477 .287
18 Split (Multi) .001 .006 .031 .022
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .298 .357 .502 .308
31 vs R (2013) .303 .355 .476 .287
38 Split (2013) -.005 .003 .027 .020
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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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 2,824 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Curve (81mph), Slider (85mph) and Sinker (94mph).