Justin Grimm gets to start Saturday in his MLB debut for Texas.
June 15, 2012
ATHENS-----Former Georgia Bulldog pitcher Justin Grimm is slated to make his Major League debut Saturday night in a start for the Texas Rangers against the Houston Astros in Arlington.
Grimm, a fifth-round draft pick of Texas in 2010, is 8-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 13 starts for Double-A Frisco this season. In 77 innings pitched, he has 67 strikeouts and only 14 walks with opponents batting .228 against him. He is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his past four starts. His 1.87 ERA leads the Texas League and his eight wins ranks second in the league behind teammate Barrett Loux who is 11-0.
When announcing the move, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, “we looked at all the options, the guys on the ballclub and the guys down below, and we felt Justin was the guy who was most ready to help us win a ballgame and step into this role.”
Grimm got the news of his promotion from Frisco manager Steve Buechele. First, he told him he had been named a Texas League All-Star and then said his next start would be Saturday in Arlington. For more on Grimm’s promotion, check out the following story on MLB.com by Christian Corona.
The Rangers (37-27) play host to the Astros (27-36) Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Grimm will be matched up against Houston right-hander Lucas Harrell (6-4, 4.83 ERA). Grimm is the 34th Bulldog in school history to reach the Major League level and fifth under head coach David Perno.
The Rangers did not indicate if Grimm would make more than one start. Texas is off next Thursday and could skip that spot in the rotation. The next time they would need a fifth starter would be June 26 against Detroit, and at that point, left-hander Derek Holland or right-hander Roy Oswalt likely will be healthy enough to return to their spot in the rotation.
A native of Bristol, Va., Grimm went 7-12 with a 5.84 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 186.1 innings pitched in his Bulldog career. He made 49 appearances including 35 starts. While at Georgia, he helped the Bulldogs to the 2008 College World Series Finals and the 2009 NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
In 2011, Grimm made 25 starts between Class A Hickory and Myrtle Beach going 7-3 with a 3.39 ERA. Earlier this season, Grimm had a stretch of three starts where he tallied a scoreless innings streak of 25.1 innings.