Justin has appeared with Chicago in each of the last five seasons ... he was acquired from Texas in July of 2013 with infielder Mike Olt and pitchers Carl Edwards Jr. and Neil Ramirez for pitcher Matt Garza … has gone 19-20 with four saves, 43 holds and a 4.70 ERA (177 ER/338.2 IP) in 285 career major league games (19 starts) between the Rangers (2012-13) and Cubs (2013-17)... Is 11-12 with four saves, 43 holds and a 3.82 ERA (100 ER/235.2 IP) in 263 relief appearances with the Cubs... Rated by Baseball America as the Rangers top right-handed starter and fifth overall best prospect entering the 2013 campaign... Named to the 2012 Texas League mid-season All Star team while with Double-A Frisco... Went 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA (5 ER/28.1 IP) in five April starts in 2012 to be named Texas Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month... Made his big league debut in 2012 despite being just two years removed from the University of Georgia... Became the club's first player from the 2010 June draft to appear in the big leagues... Tabbed as the 18th-best prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America entering the 2011 season... Participated in the 2015 Cubs Caravan... Originally selected by Texas in the fifth round of the 2010 Draft out of the University of Georgia... Was a member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll while at Georgia... Graduated from Virginia High School in Bristol, Va., in 2007.
Justin appeared in 50 games with the Cubs, going 1-2 with a 5.53 ERA (34 ER/55.1 IP) ... walked 27 and struck out 59, good for an average of 9.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Had four stints with the Cubs: Opening Day through May 4, May 7-10, May 29-August 1 and August 9 through the season's end... Stranded 15 of 26 inherited runners ... retired 34 of 50 first batters faced... Was placed on the disabled list, August 16-September 1, with an infection in his right index finger ... appeared in two games with Iowa as part of an injury rehab stint... Pitched a season-high 2.2-scoreless innings, July 4 vs. Tampa Bay ... did not allow any hits... Posted a 0.63 ERA (1 ER/14.1 IP) in 14 relief outings from May 29-June 30, striking out 18 and walking three... Finished the season strong, logging a 1.42 ERA with seven strikeouts in his final six outings (1 ER/6.1 IP), including a save on September 29 vs. the Reds, his first since August 8, 2015.
Justin made 68 relief appearances for Chicago, and in 28 outings from June 28-September 13 he posted a 0.40 ERA (1 ER/22.2 IP) ... held opponents to a .156 average (12-for-77) during that run ... All told, was 2-1 with a 4.10 ERA (24 ER/52.2 IP) in his 68 outings ... walked 23, struck out 65 and surrendered five home runs ... averaged 11.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ... Stranded 26 of 32 inherited runners ... retired 44 of 68 first batters faced ... Held opponent scoreless in 56 of 68 outings ... Appeared in six playoff games, allowing six runs over 4.1 innings pitched ... tossed 1.1-scoreless frames in NLCS Game Three ... Twice pitched a season-high 2.0 innings, May 8 vs. Washington and August 26 at the Dodgers ... Five times struck out three hitters in 1.0 inning of work, most recently August 28 at the Dodgers ... Pitched to a 3.55 ERA (10 ER/25.1 IP) in 34 road games compared to a 4.61 ERA (14 ER/27.1 IP) in 34 home games ... Held opponents to a .154 average (10-for-65) and a .292 slugging mark with runners in scoring position ... In 37 outings of at least 1.0 inning, pitched to a 0.89 ERA (4 ER/40.1 IP) and held opponents to a .176 average (25-for-142) ... Recorded a 14.0-inning scoreless streak from June 28-August 24, one shy of his career-best 15.0-inning mark ... held opponents to a .125 average (6-for-48) while walking four and striking out 19. w Had two brief stints on Triple-A Iowa's roster during this stretch, July 30-August 3 and August 8-11 ... Threw a season-high 36 pitches in 1.2-scoreless innings, June 13 at Washington ... Walked just one batter and struck out 23 in 18 outings from July 7-August 29 ... Held opponent scoreless in 30 of his final 33 contests dating to June 28, including nine of 11 outings in the season's final month.
Justin Grimm posted a career-best 1.99 ERA (11 ER/49.2 IP) in 62 relief appearances ... led Cubs relievers and ranked fifth among all N.L. relievers with 12.14 strikeouts per nine innings. Among N.L relievers with at least 60 appearances, he ranked fourth in opponent average (.178) and ninth in ERA. Struck out 67 batters in 49.2 innings and walked 26 ... he struck out at least one batter in 26 of his 34 outings of at least 1.0 inning. Surrendered just 11 extra-base hits in 204 batters faced. Placed on the 15-day D.L., April 10 (retroactive to April 2), with right forearm inflammation ... did not appear in a big league game before going on the shelf ... activated, May 6, after making one rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa. Earned his first career save, July 1 at the Mets ... struck out one batter in 0.1 innings as the Cubs won, 2-0 in 11 innings. Recorded a career-best 15.0-scoreless innings streak from July 21-August 29 ... fanned 16 batters and walked one during the stretch. Posted a 1.19 ERA (3 ER/22.2 IP) in 28 games prior to the All-Star Break compared to a 2.67 ERA (8 ER/27.0 IP) in 34 games after the Break. Held both lefties and righties to a sub-.200 opponent average as lefties batted .140 (8-for-57) and righties batted .197 (23-for-117). Allowed just one earned run in 20.1 innings during the day (0.44 ERA) compared to a 3.07 ERA (10 ER/29.1 IP) at night. Tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in three post-season relief appearances ... walked none and struck out four.
Justin spent his first full season in the majors with Chicago and ranked tied for ninth in the N.L. with 73 appearances...Went 5-2 with a 3.78 ERA (29 ER/69.0 IP), and allowed just four home runs and 27 walks while he struck out 70...Posted a 2.60 ERA (8 ER/27.2 IP) in 29 games following the All-Star break...Recorded a 4.57 ERA (21 ER/41.1 IP) in 44 outings prior to the break...Stranded 25 of 30 inherited runners...Retired 54 of 73 first batters faced...His 70 strikeouts were second-most among Cubs relievers, trailing only Pedro Strop (71)...Recorded 11 holds, fourth-most on the club...Held left-handed batters to a .188 average (16-for-85) and a .235 slugging mark...Right-handed hitters batted .250 (43-for-172) with a .366 slugging percentage...Recorded a 0.79 ERA (1 ER/11.1 IP) in his first 13 games to start the year through April 29...Walked six and struck out 13...Posted a 1.20 August ERA (2 ER/15.0 IP) in 15 outings after he recorded an 8.71 ERA (10 ER/10.1 IP) in 10 July games...Earned his first win as a Cub, April 11 in St. Louis, following a scoreless 10th inning in a 6-3, 11-inning victory...Struck out four batters in the ninth inning, August 29 in St. Louis, becoming the seventh Cubs pitcher to record four punchouts in an inning, and the first since Jason Berken, September 20, 2012 vs. Cincinnati.
Justin was acquired by Chicago, July 22, in the five-player deal that sent Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers ... combined to go 7-9 with a 5.97 ERA (65 ER/98.0 IP) in 27 games (17 starts) between the Rangers and Cubs, including an 0-2 mark and a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) in 10 relief appearances with the Cubs following his promotion, September 3... Combined to throw 146.0 innings between four clubs... Made his Cubs debut, September 6 vs. Milwaukee, tossing a scoreless inning while walking one... Threw a season-high 1.1 innings of relief while allowing two runs in Chicago's 3-1 setback vs. Milwaukee, September 8... Held opponents scoreless in eight of his 10 relief appearances with Chicago... Limited opponents to a .133 batting average (4-for-30) with no home runs in 9.0 innings with Chicago... Made eight starts with Iowa following his trade and prior to his promotion to the Cubs, going 2-3 with a 4.68 ERA (22 ER/42.1 IP)... Posted a 3.00 ERA (8 ER/24.0 IP) with 20 strikeouts in his final four starts with Iowa... Allowed just one home run in 42.1 innings with Iowa... Made 17 starts with the Rangers to begin the season, going 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA (63 ER/89.0 IP)... Earned the win while tossing 7.0-shutout innings of five-hit ball in the Rangers 4-3 victory at Minnesota, April 26.
Grimm appeared in 5 games/2 starts across 2 stints with Texas and spent the balance of the season with Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco...combined to go 11-6 with a 2.81 ERA (42 ER/134.2 IP) and 103 strikeouts against 30 walks over 25 games/22 starts at the minor league level...held left-handed batters to a .231 average (48-208), while right-handers batted .255 (75-294) in the minors...was 10-6 with a 2.94 ERA (41 ER/125.1 IP) as a starter and 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in relief...TEXAS: The right-hander had contract purchased from Double-A Frisco on June 16 to start vs. Houston...posted a quality start in his major league debut with no walks and 7 strikeouts, 3rd pitcher since 2000 to do that in a major league debut, first A.L. pitcher since NYY's Rich Beck on 9/14/65 at WSH...whiffed 5 straight from 1st-3rd innings, first Ranger ever to strike out 5 consecutive batters in a ML debut...became 13th Ranger to win a start in his ML debut, joining Yu Darvish as Rangers to do it in 2012...the first Rangers draft pick to win his ML debut in a start for Texas since Steve Dreyer on 8/8/93 vs. Seattle...allowed 6 runs in 1.0 IP to suffer first career loss, June 25 vs. DET...optioned to Frisco on July 7...recalled on Sept. 1 and made 2 relief appearances during the month, allowing 2 runs over 4.0 innings.ROUND ROCK: Promoted to the Express on July 12 and joined the Round Rock rotation...Pacific Coast League batters hit .273 (53-194)...went 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA (8 ER/28.0 IP) over his first 5 games/4 starts...went at least 4.0 innings with one run allowed in 3 of his first 4 outings...was 1-3 with a 7.04 ERA (18 ER/23.0 IP) over last 4 starts with the Express...FRISCO: Went 9-3 with a 1.72 ERA (16 ER/83.2 IP) and 73 strikeouts against 14 walks across 3 stints...Texas League mid-season All-Star...began campaign in the Frisco rotation and went 4-1 with a 1.59 (5 ER/28.1 IP) over 5 starts in April to win Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors...recorded the 6th-lowest ERA and WHIP (0.92) among all Double-A pitchers during the month...struck out 10 in his Double-A debut on April 5 at Springfield...compiled a 25.0-inning scoreless streak over 4 starts from May 24-June 10, allowing a run in just one of his last 27.0 innings at Double-A prior to promotion to Arlington...had the lowest ERA (1.87) in the Texas League and ranked among that circuit's leaders in wins (2nd, 8) and opponents batting average (5th, .228) at the time of the promotion to Texas...returned to Frisco on July 7 and made just one start before promotion to Round Rock...transferred back to Frisco on Aug. 29...compiled a 5.40 ERA (3 ER/5.0 IP) over 3 relief outings in the Texas League playoffs.
Split season between Hickory and Myrtle Beach...tabbed the 18th-best prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America...combined to go 7-3 with a 3.39 ERA (53 ER/140.2) and 127 strikeouts over 25 starts...held opposing right-handed batters to a .238 average (79-332), while opponents hit .247 (129-522) overall...opened season with Hickory, completing at least 6.0 innings in 4 of his first 7 starts...registered a career-best 11 strikeouts on May 1 vs. Kannapolis...averaged 9.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings with the Crawdads...promoted to Myrtle Beach on May 27... posted the 6th-lowest ERA (3.39) in the Carolina League from May 22 until the end of the season...logged 9 quality starts and completed at least 6.0 innings in 11 of his 16 starts...on disabled list with ankle sprain, July 5-13...went 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA (2 ER/19.0 IP) over his final 3 starts, including a victory in Game One of the CL Division Series on September 7 at Kinston.
Did not see official action after signing first professional contract.