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Justin Grimm
Birthdate: 8/16/1988 (28 y, 7 m, 11 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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6/16B Wallace4-T1__30-1Brett Wallace struck out swinging.1.400.9833.4 %.0610.60
6/16J Schafer1-T11__0-0Jordan Schafer was caught stealing.1.140.5749.8 %.0410.45
6/16C Johnson4-T2__30-1Chris Johnson flied out to right (Fly).1.420.3939.6 %.0400.38
6/16J Altuve1-T01__0-0Jose Altuve flied out to center (Fliner (Fly)).1.400.9546.5 %.0330.38
6/16C Snyder5-T1_2_0-2Chris Snyder struck out swinging.1.000.7224.3 %.0290.38
6/16J Maxwell3-T0___0-1Justin Maxwell struck out swinging.0.880.5539.3 %.0230.26
6/16C Johnson2-T0___0-1Chris Johnson struck out looking.0.830.5540.1 %.0220.26
6/16J Altuve5-T2_2_0-3Jose Altuve grounded out to pitcher (Grounder).0.710.3418.2 %.0210.34
6/16C Snyder3-T1___0-1Chris Snyder lined out to second (Liner).0.650.2941.6 %.0170.18
6/25A Jackson1-T212_0-5Austin Jackson flied out to left (Fly).0.620.4613.4 %.0170.46
6/16B Bogusevic2-T1___0-1Brian Bogusevic out on a dropped third strike.0.610.2942.3 %.0160.18
6/16J Lowrie4-T0_2_0-1Jed Lowrie grounded out to first (Grounder). Jose Altuve advanced to 3B.1.181.1832.1 %.0140.20
6/16J Martinez5-T0_2_0-1J.D. Martinez grounded out to first (Grounder). Brian Bogusevic advanced to 3B.1.231.1830.3 %.0130.20
6/16J Lowrie6-T0___0-3Jed Lowrie grounded out to first (Grounder).0.470.5514.6 %.0120.26
6/25B Boesch1-T11__0-3Brennan Boesch grounded out to pitcher (Grounder). Delmon Young advanced to 2B.0.750.5724.4 %.0120.22
6/16J Schafer3-T2___0-1Jordan Schafer grounded out to second (Grounder).0.430.1243.2 %.0110.12
6/25P Fielder1-T0_2_0-2Prince Fielder grounded out to third (Grounder). Miguel Cabrera advanced to 3B.0.891.1827.5 %.0110.20
6/16J Martinez2-T2___0-1J.D. Martinez struck out swinging.0.400.1243.8 %.0110.12
6/16B Wallace1-T2___0-1Brett Wallace struck out swinging.0.380.1244.3 %.0100.12
6/16B Wallace6-T1___0-3Brett Wallace lined out to shortstop (Liner).0.360.2915.8 %.0090.18
6/16C Johnson6-T2___0-3Chris Johnson grounded out to shortstop (Grounder).0.250.1216.7 %.0070.12
9/26D Norris7-T01__3-8Derek Norris flied out to shortstop (Fly).0.200.953.1 %.0050.38
9/26C Pennington7-T11__3-8Cliff Pennington reached on fielder's choice to second (Grounder). Josh Reddick out at second.0.180.573.5 %.0040.32
9/26C Carter8-T2__33-8Chris Carter struck out swinging.0.140.392.1 %.0040.38
9/26C Pennington7-T21__3-8Cliff Pennington was caught stealing. %.0040.25
9/26Y Cespedes8-T1_2_3-8Yoenis Cespedes grounded out to second (Grounder). Stephen Drew advanced to 3B.0.110.721.8 %.0030.34
9/26J Donaldson9-T0_2_3-8Josh Donaldson struck out looking. %.0020.46
9/26S Smith8-T01__3-8Seth Smith grounded out to second (Grounder). Stephen Drew advanced to 2B.0.120.951.7 %.0010.22
9/26C Pennington9-T21__3-9Cliff Pennington lined out to shortstop (Liner). %.0000.25
7/3O Hudson6-B0___16-0Orlando Hudson struck out looking.0.000.530.1 %.0000.25
7/3J Danks7-B0_2317-0Jordan Danks hit a sacrifice fly to center (Fliner (Fly)). Tyler Flowers scored. %.0000.32
7/3K Youkilis6-B2___16-0Kevin Youkilis grounded out to shortstop (Grounder). %.0000.11
7/3O Hudson7-B112318-0Orlando Hudson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher (Grounder). A.J. Pierzynski out at home. Dayan Viciedo advanced to 3B. Alexei Ramirez advanced to 2B.0.001.610.0 %.0000.81
7/3D Viciedo7-B212319-0Orlando Hudson advanced on a wild pitch to 2B. Dayan Viciedo scored. Alexei Ramirez advanced to 3B.0.000.790.0 %.000-0.83
7/3K Youkilis8-B0___19-2Kevin Youkilis struck out looking.0.000.530.0 %.0000.25
7/3T Flowers8-B1___19-2Tyler Flowers struck out swinging. %.0000.17
9/18V Wells8-B2___11-3Vernon Wells struck out swinging. %.0000.09
7/3A De Aza6-B1___16-0Alejandro De Aza flied out to center (Fliner (Fly)). %.0000.17
7/3A Pierzynski7-B1_2_17-0A.J. Pierzynski singled to third (Grounder). Eduardo Escobar advanced to 3B.0.000.700.0 %.000-0.51
7/3D Viciedo7-B11_317-0Dayan Viciedo walked. A.J. Pierzynski advanced to 2B. %.000-0.39
7/3E Escobar7-B112318-0Eduardo Escobar advanced on a wild pitch to score. A.J. Pierzynski advanced to 2B. Dayan Viciedo0.001.610.0 %.000-0.33
7/3A Ramirez7-B112_18-0Alexei Ramirez singled to left (Liner). A.J. Pierzynski advanced to 3B. Dayan Viciedo advanced to 2B.0.000.940.0 %.000-0.67
7/3A De Aza7-B2_2319-0Alejandro De Aza flied out to left (Fly).0.000.620.0 %.0000.62
7/3E Escobar8-B2___19-2Eduardo Escobar grounded out to second (Grounder). %.0000.11
9/18K Morales8-B0_2_10-3Kendrys Morales grounded out to pitcher (Grounder). Kole Calhoun advanced to 3B. %.0000.15
9/18K Calhoun8-B01__10-3Kole Calhoun advanced on a wild pitch to 2B.0.010.810.0 %.000-0.24
7/3T Flowers7-B0___16-0Tyler Flowers walked.0.000.530.0 %.000-0.39
7/3E Escobar7-B01__16-0Eduardo Escobar doubled to right (Liner). Tyler Flowers advanced to 3B.0.000.920.0 %.000-1.11
9/18K Calhoun8-B0___10-3Kole Calhoun singled to catcher (Liner).0.000.440.1 %.000-0.37
9/18M Izturis8-B1__311-3Maicer Izturis grounded out to first (Grounder). Kole Calhoun scored.0.010.900.0 %.000-0.19
9/26D Norris9-T11_33-9Derek Norris hit a sacrifice fly to left (Fliner (Fly)). Brandon Moss scored. %-.001-0.01
9/26J Reddick9-T1_2_3-8Josh Reddick singled to right (Grounder). Brandon Moss advanced to 3B.0.040.720.6 %-.002-0.51
9/26B Moss9-T0___3-8Brandon Moss doubled to left (Fliner (Fly)).0.030.550.7 %-.002-0.63
9/26S Drew8-T0___3-8Stephen Drew singled to right (Grounder).0.080.552.0 %-.003-0.40
9/26J Reddick7-T0___3-8Josh Reddick singled to right (Liner).0.130.553.5 %-.005-0.40
6/16J Schafer5-T21__0-3Jordan Schafer advanced on a stolen base to 2B.0.490.2518.9 %-.007-0.09
6/25G Laird1-T21__0-5Gerald Laird singled to right (Liner). Ramon Santiago advanced to 2B.0.320.2514.1 %-.007-0.22
6/25Q Berry2-T01__0-5Quintin Berry advanced on a stolen base to 2B.0.490.9510.5 %-.009-0.24
6/25Q Berry2-T0___0-5Quintin Berry walked.0.320.5511.7 %-.012-0.40
6/25M Cabrera2-T0_2_0-5Miguel Cabrera singled to right (Grounder). Quintin Berry advanced to 3B.0.401.189.5 %-.020-0.72
6/16J Schafer1-T0___0-0Jordan Schafer singled to center (Fliner (Liner)).0.870.5550.0 %-.035-0.40
6/25D Young1-T1__30-3Delmon Young singled to center (Fliner (Liner)). Miguel Cabrera scored.1.030.9828.6 %-.042-0.59
6/25R Santiago1-T2_2_0-5Ramon Santiago singled to center (Liner). Jhonny Peralta scored.0.600.3419.0 %-.049-0.91
6/25A Jackson1-T0___0-0Austin Jackson doubled to center (Fliner (Fly)).0.870.5550.0 %-.057-0.64
6/25Q Berry1-T0_2_0-0Quintin Berry singled to pitcher (Bunt Grounder). Austin Jackson advanced to 3B.1.171.1844.3 %-.061-0.72
6/16J Altuve4-T0___0-1Jose Altuve doubled to left (Fliner (Fly)).0.920.5538.2 %-.061-0.63
6/16B Bogusevic5-T0___0-1Brian Bogusevic doubled to right (Fliner (Liner)).0.970.5536.8 %-.065-0.63
6/25J Peralta1-T2_2_0-4Jhonny Peralta doubled to left (Fliner (Liner)). Delmon Young scored.0.750.3425.6 %-.066-1.00
6/16J Maxwell5-T1__30-2Justin Maxwell doubled to right (Fliner (Liner)). Brian Bogusevic scored.1.500.9831.6 %-.074-0.74
6/16J Schafer5-T2_2_0-3Jordan Schafer singled to left (Grounder). Justin Maxwell scored.1.000.3427.1 %-.083-0.91
6/16J Lowrie1-T2___0-1Jed Lowrie homered (Fly).0.410.1253.9 %-.096-1.00
6/25M Cabrera1-T01_30-2Miguel Cabrera doubled to center (Fliner (Fly)). Austin Jackson scored. Quintin Berry scored.1.501.9038.2 %-.107-1.28