Battling some injuries in their rotation, Texas needed to dip into their prospect pool. Their choice? Justin Grimm.
Martin Perez is Texas’ top pitching prospect, but he’s really been struggling. It was interesting (and refreshing) to see Texas go with the ‘hot hand’ and not the ‘name’.
Grimm has his first MLB start on Saturday against Houston – it was pretty good. In that start, he went 6 innings, gave up 3 runs, had 7 Ks and 0 walks – and got the win. All told, that is solid. 7 Ks and 0 walks? Nice! Houston isn’t the best team, but still…
In the minors this year (AA), Grimm has been fantastic. In 13 starts (77 innings), he has a 1.87 ERA with 67 Ks and only 14 walks. It’s AA, but he is doing what he should, dominate.
So what about Grimm and your fantasy team? First off, Grimm’s stay at the major league level is likely to be temporary – until injuries heal or until Oswalt is ready. That said, wouldn’t it be nice to get a few good starts? I like Grimm for deep leagues only – there are just too many questions to recommend him for any other type. Maybe he’ll be the guy to come out of nowhere and be great, but he’ll probably be as advertised – good for a few starts and then back to the minors.