Justin Grimm
Justin Grimm
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers in December of 2019.
Officially added to roster
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 21, 2020
Grimm's contract was selected by the Brewers on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
The move confirms reports from over the weekend that Grimm had made Milwaukee's Opening Day roster. He'll likely fill a low-leverage role, as his last big-league time came back in 2018, when he allowing 20 earned runs in 17.1 innings while walking more batters (14) than he struck out (11).
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
24
Last 10 Games
24
Last 5 Games
24
How many pitches does Justin Grimm generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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31-40
 
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51-60
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Justin Grimm generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-34%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
BAA vs RHP
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .385 29 4 2 10 0 0 4
Since 2018vs Right .256 60 8 13 11 4 0 1
2020vs Left 1.000 2 0 0 2 0 0 2
2020vs Right .000 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .333 27 4 2 8 0 0 2
2018vs Right .275 56 7 12 11 4 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-71%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
-69%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.40 1.20 10.0 0 2 0 8.1 3.6 0.9
Since 2018Away 18.36 2.88 8.1 1 1 0 3.2 11.9 4.3
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 27.00 3.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 9.0 18.0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 5.40 1.20 10.0 0 2 0 8.1 3.6 0.9
2018Away 17.18 2.86 7.1 1 1 0 2.5 12.3 2.5
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Stat Review
How does Justin Grimm compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.00
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
9.0
 
HR/9
18.0
 
Fastball
93.6 mph
 
ERA
27.00
 
WHIP
3.00
 
BABIP
.000
 
GB/FB
0.00
 
Left On Base
0.0%
 
Exit Velocity
90.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
25.0%
 
Spin Rate
1986 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
50.0%
 
Swinging Strike
4.2%
 
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The Cubs opted to release Grimm during spring training. The Royals pounced on him just a few days later, but things didn't pan out as they would've hoped. After the right-hander collected a few holds, he imploded, allowing a whopping 17 earned runs in just seven innings of work during the first month of the season. Then, the injury bug bit him, putting him on the disabled list twice due to back and shoulder issues. The Royals released him during his second stint on the DL, leading the Mariners to take a flier on him. Once he got healthy, the veteran reliever provided good innings, allowing just one run in 4.2 frames for Seattle in September. However, high walk rates continue to haunt him, and the injury issues are hard to overlook. Grimm signed a minor-league contract with the Indians in January.
After looking like an undervalued member of the Cubs' bullpen in 2015, Grimm has had a pair of seasons where he's been less reliable as a high-leverage contributor. The struggles in 2017 led the Cubs to option him to Triple-A Iowa on multiple occasions, which puts him on very thin ice as the team begins to put together its relief corps for 2018. After peaking at a career-high 32.8 percent K% in 2015, Grimm's ability to put hitters away has waned in each of the last two campaigns, and walks are now a recurring problem for him. He still throws hard, having averaged 94.9 mph on his fastball last season, but the lack of control paired with a spike in homers (career-high 1.95 HR/9 in 2017) doomed him. Further struggles this spring, or early in the season could punch his ticket out of Chicago, and if he stays, there are several more talented options ahead of him for important late-inning opportunities, which significantly limits his appeal.
On the surface, little changed with Grimm's skills from 2015 to 2016. The biggest difference, however, came with a surge in his hard-hit rate, which jumped from 30.9 percent in 2015 to 36.8 percent last season. He also generated groundballs at a lower clip, which with the aforementioned increase in hard contact drove a 66-point spike in BABIP. One possible explanation is the reduced velocity on his fastball, which slipped from 95.2 mph in 2015 to 94.2 mph. Just one year after beating his FIP (3.11) by more than a run with his ERA (1.99), Grimm underperformed his mark (3.28) with a 4.10 ERA in 2016. Fortunately, he seemed to figure things out in the second half, closing out the year with a 2.42 ERA and 31:8 K:BB over 22.1 innings down the stretch. With 12 of his 68 appearances in 2016 taking place in the eighth inning or later in tied or one-run games, Grimm is unlikely to find his way into save opportunities as a member of the Cubs.
Grimm was the forgotten man in the Matt Garza trade of 2013, but he's arguably been the best player involved in that deal — and that includes Garza. Last season was the best yet, and he finished with 15 holds and three saves as one of the key players in the Cubs bullpen. He faltered down the stretch, however, giving up 12 runs and 12 walks in his last 15 appearances, though that came immediately after a near-perfect run (15 scoreless appearances in a row with a 16:1 K:BB). Something was definitely different about his game last year, as he's never had strikeout rates — even in the minors — close to his 12.1 rate of K/9, and his walks were up a bit as well. He'll likely have a similar role in the 2016 version of the Cubs, but don't break the bank betting on a repeat.
After struggling with the Rangers, Grimm has found new life as a reliever for the Cubs. He gave up 15 home runs in 89 innings for the Rangers in 2013, but he kept the ball in the park for the Cubs last year. That he only had 11 holds in 73 appearances might indicate that the Cubs don't trust him yet in key situations, but it's also an indication that the Cubs didn't have a lot of key situations in 2014. Grimm struck out a batter per inning last season -- his first time accomplishing that feat since 2011 -- and he could be entrusted with more high-leverage spots by the Cubs if he can trim his walk rate (3.5 BB/9).
Grimm's two years in Texas were no fairy tale, as he gave up 138 hits and 81 runs in just 103 innings. He began the year at Triple-A Round Rock, but was quickly thrust into the starting rotation when Matt Harrison got hurt. He came over to the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal and showed a little improvement, but still has some work to do. Grimm has shown some promise in the minors, most notably with Double-A Frisco in 2012 (73:14 K:BB ratio), so hope remains.
Grimm made a few token appearances in the majors, but spent most of the 2012 season split between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. His control numbers and K/9 took a nose dive against more advanced hitters at Triple-A Round Rock, taking the shine off his start from a solid beginning to 2012 with Double-A Frisco. He doesn't project as much more than a groundball inducing swingman, similar in that regard to Scott Feldman.
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Makes Opening Day roster
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 19, 2020
Grimm has made the Brewers' 30-man roster, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Invited to Brewers camp
PMilwaukee Brewers
December 4, 2019
Grimm signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Wednesday.
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Acquired by Cincinnati
PCincinnati Reds
July 22, 2019
The Reds acquired Grimm from the Dodgers last week in exchange for cash considerations.
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Signs with Dodgers
PLos Angeles Dodgers
March 24, 2019
Grimm signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Sunday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Elects free agency
PFree Agent
March 20, 2019
Grimm elected to opt out of his minor-league deal with the Indians on Wednesday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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