- Full name Marquis Deon Grissom Jr.
- Born 07/19/2001 in Los Angeles, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 202 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Georgia Tech
Drafted in the 13th round (381st overall) by the Washington Nationals in 2022 (signed for $125,000).
View Draft ReportThe son of 17-year MLB outfielder Marquis Grissom and one of a number of prominent second-generation prospects in this year’s draft class, Grissom Jr. has shown solid arm strength in two years at Georgia Tech, but so far he’s been hit pretty hard as a Yellow Jacket. He posted a 5.75 ERA this year in 61 innings with 6.2 walks per nine innings compared to 7.6 strikeouts per nine. Grissom can touch 96 mph with his fastball and he sits 92-94, but the pitch has very average movement characteristics, which has meant it gets squared up too often. Grissom has a head whack in his energetic delivery. His above-average slider has solid power (84-85 mph) and plenty of depth. His slider could end up being an average pitch some day. It has 10 mph of separation from his fastball and modest depth, but he doesn’t show a lot of feel for locating it yet—too often he leaves it up, in and out of the zone. The sum of the parts hasn’t yet added up for Grissom, which may induce the draft-eligible sophomore to return to school to try to raise his stock.
The son of long-time major leaguer Marquis Grissom, Grissom Jr. is an entirely different player than his father. Listed at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, Grissom Jr. is an athletic righthander with a fastball in the 88-92 mph range that could easily tick up in the future with better usage of his lower half and additional strength. He’s got a pair of interesting breaking balls in a curveball and a split-change, and has fallen in love with the splitter after seeing some success with it over the summer. The pitch falls off the table with tremendous fade and tumbling action at its best, in the 75-78 mph range, and has plus potential. He’s shown the feel to spin his curveball as well, though it can get slurvey at times and he also has a tendency to cast the pitch. It’s another mid-70s offering with 12-to-6 shape that could be an above-average pitch as well with more power. A projection righthander with plenty of athleticism, teams could be interested in Grissom in the 3-6 round range, or let him get to Georgia Tech where he would be an eligible sophomore in 2022.