The Brewers have a new addition to their bullpen. Former Cubs reliever, Justin Grimm, has secured a spot on the Brewers’ Opening Day roster. The Brewers need to revamp the bullpen after losing assets like Jeremy Jeffress and Drew Pomeranz in the offseason.
Grimm has not had consistent Big League playing time since his last season with the Cubs in 2017. Due to small injuries and inking minor league deals, he only pitched in 21 games during the 2018 season. The Brewers signed him to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training where Grimm posted a 1.50 ERA with just six innings pitched. It is a small sample size, but he made the most of his time before COVID-19 shutdown Spring Training facilities.
Grimm hasn’t put up consistently good numbers. He has potential to post numbers like he did in 2015 with the Cubs though.
The right-handed reliever is primarily a fastball thrower with a mix of curve balls and sliders. He can be a key player in high-leverage situations as his velocity hits the mid-90’s. This is another low-risk, high-reward signing by General Manager David Stearns. There’s no room for Grimm to have a slow start because the roster shrinks to 26 four weeks after the season starts. Manager Craig Counsell benefits from having depth in his bullpen, and Justin Grimm adds to that.