You may remember Rangers righthander Justin Grimm from his 10 strikeout performance on Opening Day for Double-A Frisco. Well, the 23-year-old hasn’t let up since, continuing to set himself apart as one of 2012’s top early breakout stories.
Making his third start of the year with Frisco on Monday, Grimm turned in another dominant outing. Facing the same Arkansas team he had pitched against in his previous start six days earlier, he had just five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings but he pitched shutout ball and allowed the Travelers only one hit and one walk. That one hit was an infield single in the first inning, and Grimm went on to retire the next 16 straight hitters before handing out a leadoff walk in the seventh.
Grimm’s results rarely measured up to his power repertoire during his college career at Georgia, but he’s turning that corner this year. The 2010 fifth-round pick has gone 3-0, 0.50 in three starts, having allowed only one run on seven hits in 18 innings.