After starting the year with Texas, Justin Grimm is back in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs.
Sep 3, 2013
ATHENS-----Former Georgia pitchers Justin Grimm and Mitchell Boggs have returned to the Major Leagues, their respective clubs announced Tuesday.
Grimm, who spent his entire professional career in the Texas Rangers organization before being traded to Chicago in late July, went 2-3 with a 4.68 ERA in eight starts for the Iowa Cubs, their Triple-A affiliate. Grimm, a fifth round draft pick in 2010, made his Major League debut last year.
Grimm will wear uniform number 52. He began the 2013 season in the Rangers starting rotation, posting a 7-7 mark and 6.37 ERA in 17 appearances. Grimm was named the American League Rookie of the Month for April after going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts, registering 15 strikeouts and only four walks.
His final start for Iowa came this past Monday, and he pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts and did not figure in the decision. In his last five starts for Iowa, he went 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA. The Iowa Cubs finished in third place in the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division.
Boggs, who was acquired by Colorado from St. Louis on July 9, appeared in two games with the Rockies before he was sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Boggs began the year with the Cardinals and was coming off a superb season in 2012 when he posted a 2.21 ERA in 73.1 innings. Colorado manager Walt Weiss said Boggs will see action in late-inning situations. Boggs was a fifth round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2005, made his Major League debut in 2008 and helped St. Louis win a World Series in 2011.
Currently, six former Bulldogs are playing in the Major Leagues: Gordon Beckham (2B, Chicago White Sox), Boggs (RHP, Colorado), Josh Fields (RHP, Houston), Grimm (RHP, Chicago Cubs), Jeff Keppinger (INF, Chicago White Sox) and Alex Wood (LHP, Atlanta).
In related baseball news involving Bulldog professionals, pitcher Jeff Walters has been named to the season-ending Eastern League All-Star Team. In 53 relief appearances, Walters is 4-3 with a 2.09 ERA and league-leading 38 saves for the Binghamton Mets, the Double-A affiliate of New York. He has allowed just 16 walks to go with 60 strikeouts in 56 innings. He is the career saves leader for the Mets who begin playoff action Tuesday. Walters was a teammate of Grimm and was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft by the Mets.
September 1 marks the annual date when major league rosters expand from 25 to 40 active players, and this presents an opportunity for minor leaguers to be promoted and evaluated. However, some clubs wait until the minor league playoffs are complete to promote prospects.