Fifth starter candidate: Justin Grimm
Today's candidate: Justin Grimm
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Justin Grimm admitted that he had to change his goals and his outlook after he was plucked from Double-A to make a few starts in the big leagues in 2012.
Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY SportsJustin Grimm didn't expect to be called up last season but now has a chance to earn a spot in the rotation.
Grimm, 24, knows he has an opportunity to alter his career track again with the Rangers' fifth starter spot up for grabs.
“There’s a lot of competition around this locker room,” Grimm said. “I’m going in with an open mind. There’s no reason to add pressure. I’m going to learn as much as I can from these other guys and take what I can with me into the season, whether that’s at the big league level or the minor leagues.”
One thing Grimm is hoping to add this season is a slider. He tried to throw the pitch some in 2012, but it didn’t take.
“I tried to pick it up mid-year last year and my command started going haywire because my fastball started cutting from trying to throw the slider,” Grimm said. “I took a step back and said I’d work on it in the offseason when I can work on my release point. That’s been going well. I’m excited to show them I’ve been working on it. I think it will be a good pitch this year. I’ve been refining that two-seam as well. I had it last year and I threw it quite a bit toward the end.”
Grimm was 9-3 with a 1.72 ERA in 16 games (14 starts) for Frisco last season in 83 2/3 innings pitched. He had 73 strikeouts and 14 walks. He was 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in five games (two starts) for the Rangers and then finished the year with a 2-3 mark and a 4.59 ERA in 51 innings for Triple-A Round Rock.
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