Grimm's rise a credit to Rangers' strong system

Grimm's rise a credit to Rangers' strong system

ARLINGTON -- Justin Grimm, who made his Major League debut on Saturday and beat the Astros, is the latest product of the Myrtle Beach-Frisco pitching pipeline. He follows Robbie Ross, Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland as pitchers who have flourished at those two levels over the past two years. Barret Loux is another.

That's the result of the work of Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach pitching coach Brad Holman, Double-A Frisco pitching coach Jeff Andrews and Minor League pitching coordinator Danny Clark.

"Those guys are great coaches," Ross said. "They are great guys to be around. We all learned a lot of things from them and it's nice to be able to apply it at a high scale. They didn't put a lot of pressure on us, they were always there when we needed them, encouraging us and pushing in the right direction. The biggest thing is they gave us stuff we're going to need for our entire careers -- mechanics, situational pitching, things like that."

Grimm, 23, ranked 20th among the team's top prospects, pitched six innings on Saturday to get the victory as the Rangers beat the Astros, 8-3. Ross pitched a scoreless inning and then Mike Adams worked the eighth. The Rangers acquired Adams from the Padres at the Trade Deadline last year for Wieland and Erlin.

There is more pitching at Frisco and Myrtle Beach. Going into Sunday's games, Frisco ranked second in team pitching in the Texas League with a 3.50 ERA while Myrtle Beach led the Carolina League with a 2.99 ERA.