We continue the list today with number 49 in our countdown with junior Georgia RHP Justin Grimm. He is from Bristol Virginia where he graduated from Virginia High School. He played under head coach Mark Daniels. He had an outstanding senior season which saw him go 9-1, 1.48 ERA, 93 Ks and 18 BBs in 54.2 IP as he led the Bearcats to a state quarterfinal berth. The Boston Red Sox selected him after the season in the 13th round but he could not come to terms thus sending him to Georgia to play under Dave Perno.
As a freshman in 2008, Grimm saw action in 19 games including seven starts while going 0-1 with a 10.91 ERA in 31.1 innings pitched. He finished the year with 27 strikeouts while walking 24 batters. His breakout season was in 2009 when he made 15 appearances (all starts) as he went 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA in 78 innings of work. He did end up tying for the team lead with 72 strikeouts but struggled a little bit with his control as he walked 26 batters while throwing 13 wild pitches and hitting six batters. He spent the summer of 2009 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Cotuit Kettleers as he started eight games. He finished the season with a disappointing 1-4 record but a respectable 2.84 ERA in 44.1 innings of work. He was strong with 47 strikeouts while still having a high walk total of 14 while hitting three batters and tossing three wild pitches.
If Grimm can cut down on his high walk totals on the college mound, then he can be one of the top pitchers in the SEC and potentially in the country. It is the only thing holding him back right now from being an elite pitcher.
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