Aaron Fitt of Baseball America reports that the Rangers have reached an agreement with their fifth round pick Justin Grimm for $825,000. The deal is over 500% of the recommended slot for the fifth round.
Grimm has many of the ingredients scouts look for in a college pitcher. He has a pitcher’s body at 6-foot-4, 193 pounds; he’s quick-armed and athletic; he has big-conference experience and was Georgia’s Friday starter this season; and he touches 95 mph regularly with his fastball. The bad news: Grimm had a career 5.80 ERA over nearly 180 innings, and some scouts consider him much the same pitcher after three years at Georgia as he was in 2007, when he was a 13th-round pick of the Red Sox out of high school in Virginia.
Grimm joins Nick Tepesch as a high upside college arm who has not yet approached his potential