How did he get here?: Drafted, 2010 (10th Round)
Stats: 6'4", 205 lbs, Throws: Left
Age as of April 1, 2011: 18
This is a fairly pointless exercise, what with having four starts to discuss, but there are a few notes to bring up. First of all, Grills didn't pitch that much mainly because he was with Team Canada for their Under-18 National Team. Grills does have a little bit of an injury history, with biceps tendinitis in 2009, and then he ended up not pitching for Team Canada for an unspecified injury. Regardless, those factors probably contributed to Grills' limited use in 2010.
What went right?
The fact that he signed in the first place. Andy Seiler had him going in the 4th-7th round range, and the Astros got him with a $150,000 signing bonus.
Under Armour said about Grills:
Grills, a tall, thin LHP with great upside, is the top Canadian prospect in the 2010 class. His delivery is low effort and his arm action is clean resulting in a high 80s fastball, plus curveball and deceptive change. He is a poised and mature young pitcher who has future front of the rotation ability.
That repertoire contributed to his 15K in 12.1IP.
What went wrong?
Again, it's pointless. But he allowed ten of his 12 earned runs over two starts (Aug 17 and Aug 29).
He's a big, young lefty. So there's not much to complain about here. Keep an eye on that injury, and we'll see what happens in 2010.