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Justin Grimm
Birthdate: 8/16/1988 (28 y, 7 m, 14 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/175     Position: P
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 21, Overall: 166, Team: Texas Rangers
Contract: $1.8M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Grimm and the Cubs avoided arbitration Friday with a one-year, $1.825 million deal, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. (1/13/2017)
Profiles:  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Justin Grimm had an interesting 2016. For one, he heavily changed his pitch usage. He ditched his slider almost entirely, dropping his fastball usage to only 48.7% of the time, instead heavily utilizing a curveball that consumed the remainder of his usage. The results, though, were still somewhat similar to what he'd turned in before. He probably pitched better than his 4.10 ERA would indicate, with a FIP that finished at 3.28. His strikeout numbers remained favorable, with 11.11 strikeouts per nine, and while his walks did drop, his 3.93 walks per nine was still among the higher figures as far as relief pitchers go. Something worth noting is that his ground ball rate dropped for a third consecutive year, coming in at 41.5%. There were some signs of him being overworked, and that may be one of them. There were some months intermixed where his walks jumped and opposing hitters made stronger contact, factors which also lend themselves to that idea. With what the Cubs have established in their bullpen, it's likely unreasonable to expect Grimm to assume anything other than a role as a middle reliever, a situation in which his arsenal and performance over the last couple of seasons should indicate success. (Randy Holt)

The Quick Opinion: Despite some stretches where he might've been overworked, Justin Grimm turned in another overall solid year out of the bullpen. While his ground ball rate and walk numbers could stand to improve, his fastball/curveball combination should help him to continue to be an effective middle relief option.

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