ATHENS, Ga. -- Former Georgia pitcher Justin Grimm has been promoted to the Chicago Cubs, the club announced Tuesday.
Grimm, who spent his entire professional career in the Texas Rangers organization before being traded to Chicago in late July, went 2-3 with a 4.68 ERA in eight starts for the Iowa Cubs, their Triple-A affiliate. Grimm, a fifth round draft pick in 2010, made his Major League debut last year.
Grimm will wear uniform number 52 and be available tonight for their game against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. He began the 2013 season in the Rangers starting rotation, posting a 7-7 mark and 6.37 ERA in 17 appearances. Grimm was named the American League Rookie of the Month for April after going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts, registering 15 strikeouts and only four walks.
His final start for Iowa came this past Monday, and he pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts and did not figure in the decision. In his last five starts for Iowa, he went 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA. The Iowa Cubs finished in third place in the Pacific Coast League's American Northern Division.
Currently, five former Bulldogs are playing in the Major Leagues: Gordon Beckham (2B, Chicago White Sox), Josh Fields (RHP, Houston), Grimm (RHP, Chicago Cubs), Jeff Keppinger (INF, Chicago White Sox) and Alex Wood (LHP, Atlanta).
In related baseball news involving Bulldog professionals, pitcher Jeff Walters has been named to the season-ending Eastern League All-Star Team. In 53 relief appearances, Walters is 4-3 with a 2.09 ERA and league-leading 38 saves for the Binghamton Mets, the Double-A affiliate of New York. He has allowed just 16 walks to go with 60 strikeouts in 56 innings. He is the career saves leader for the Mets who begin playoff action Tuesday. Walters was a teammate of Grimm and was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft by the Mets.
September 1 marks the annual date when major league rosters expand from 25 to 40 active players, and this presents an opportunity for minor leaguers to be promoted and evaluated. However, some clubs wait until the minor league playoffs are complete to promote prospects.
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