Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers announced today the club’s minor league award winners for April. Right-hander Justin Grimm was named Pitcher of the Month, outfielder Chris Grayson was named Player of the Month, catcher Kellin Deglan was named Defender of the Month, and right-hander Randol Rojas was named Reliever of the Month.
Grimm, 23, was 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA (5 ER/28.1 IP) and 27 strikeouts against 6 walks, while holding opposing Texas League batters to a .194 average (20-103) over 5 games/starts with Double-A Frisco. The University of Georgia product recorded the 6th-lowest ERA and WHIP (0.92) among all Double-A pitchers during the month. The 6-foot-3 right-hander also came within a strikeout of his career high with 10 in his Double-A debut on April 5 at Springfield. Overall, Grimm has gone 6-1 with a 1.60 ERA (7 ER/39.1 IP) and 37 strikeouts against just 7 walks in 7 games/starts this season. Grimm was selected in the 5th round of the 2010 June draft and signed by Ryan Coe.
Grayson, 22, batted .400 (32-80) with 16 walks, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, and 11 RBI over 21 games with Low-A Hickory in the month of April. In his first full professional season, Grayson recorded at least one hit in 19 of 21 games during the month, while his .500 on-base percentage was 3rd-highest among all minor leaguers. The outfielder saw his 24-game on-base streak come to end last night, as he entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning and hit a sacrifice fly. The streak is tied for 2nd-highest in the South Atlantic League this season. Overall, the Lee (TN) University product ranks among the SAL leaders in batting (2nd, .366), doubles (T3rd, 11), hits (T4th, 37), triples (T4th, 3), OBP (5th, .463), SLG (5th, .594), and walks (T9th, 18). Grayson was selected in the 13th round of the 2011 June draft and signed by Chris Kemp.
Deglan, who turned 20 last Thursday, started 15 games behind the plate for Low-A Hickory in the month of April. The native of Canada rates statistically as the top catcher in the South Atlantic League with a 1.000 fielding percentage (171 TC). He has also thrown out 9 of 22 (40.9%) would-be base stealers, the highest rate in the South Atlantic League. At the plate, Deglan is batting .257 (19-72) with 9 doubles, 3 home runs, and 4 RBI in 22 games overall. Deglan was selected in the first round of the 2010 June draft and signed by Gary McGraw.
Rojas, 21, combined to go 1-0 with a 0.48 ERA (1 ER/18.2 IP) over 6 relief appearances between Low-A Hickory and High-A Myrtle Beach in April. The right-hander compiled 17 strikeouts against 7 walks, while holding opposing batters to a .107 average (6-56) with no extra-base hits during the month. Rojas was promoted from Hickory to Myrtle Beach on April 24 and retired 16 of the 18 batters (2 walks) over his first 2 appearances with the Pelicans. Overall, Rojas has gone 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA (2 ER/22.0 IP) in 7 relief appearances. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent on December 22, 2008 by Rafic Saab.