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David Grimes got by in rookie ball outing for save; Saw three pro seasons, made high-A

Johnson City Cardinal reliever David Grimes picked up his second save on the young season in late June 1988, but the hurler knew he could  do better, he told The Johnson City Press.

Still, he went three innings, gave up four hits and no earned runs. He also loaded the bases in the ninth, but got out of it, The Press wrote.

"I didn't have very good stuff tonight," Grimes told The Press, "but I got by."

Grimes picked up that save early in his first pro season. He eventually got by well enough over three pro campaigns. He topped out at high-A.

Grimes' career began that year in 1988, taken by the Cardinals in the 32nd round of the draft out of Arkansas Tech University.

Grimes started with the Cardinals at rookie Johnson City. In another early contest that year, Grimes got put in with the bases loaded and one out, The Press wrote

He admitted to "being a little nervous coming in with the bases load," but then induced a double play, The Press wrote.

Overall, Grimes went 6-0 in 26 relief outings for Johnson City. He also picked up those two saves.

He moved to single-A Springfield for 1989. He went 6-6 there in 62 relief appearances, with a 2.00 ERA and one save.

Grimes then arrived at high-A St. Petersburg for 1990. He closed out a late-August game with two innings of work where he allowed a single base runner. He went 2-6 that year, with a 2.28 ERA in 58 appearances to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,968
Made the Majors:1,322-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,646-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:541
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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