John William Grabow...married to Karey...has one child, Nolan...is a 1997 graduate of San Gabriel High School ...was a threeyear
letterman in baseball ...named All-California Interscholastic Federation in baseball and the league's MVP his senior year...
signed by Pittsburgh scout Doug Takaragawa.2011Went 3-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 58 relief a ... ppearances for Chicago
... Set a career-high with 22 games finished
... Held the opponent scoreless in 34 of his 58 outings
... Rode a season-high three-game winning streak, June 30-August 14
... Tossed more than 1.0 inning 14 times, including a season-high 2.0 frames nine times ...the nine 2.0-inning outings marked the most
for the southpaw since turning the trick a career-high 12 times in 2006, while with Pittsburgh
... Held opponent to a .208 batting average (10-for-48) in "close and late" situations
... Tossed a scoreless inning Opening Day vs. Pittsburgh, April 1 ...was his first regular season action since June 28, 2010 vs. Pittsburgh
as he battled a left knee injury in 2010
... Owned a 1-0 mark with a 1.29 ERA (1 ER/7.0 IP) and a .167 average against (4-for-24) in six-game span, August 14-31.2010In his first full season with the Cubs, left knee issues limited John to 28 relief appearances before he was shut down at the end
of June ... went 1-3 with a 7.36 ERA (21 ER/25.2 IP).
... Had two stints on the 15-day disabled list: May 31-June 15 (left knee
sprain) and June 29 through the end of the season (left knee sprain).
w Made four rehab appearances with Triple-A Iowa, June 7-13 ...
posted a 6.75 ERA (3 ER/4.0 IP) in those outings.
... Had no record with a 5.65 ERA (9 ER/14.1 IP) at Wrigley Field compared
to a 1-3 mark with a 9.53 ERA (12 ER/11.1 IP) on the road.
... Surrendered a career-high tying two home runs, May 30 vs. St. Louis ...
also done August 10, 2004 vs. San Francisco and July 27, 2008 vs. San
Diego, both while with Pittsburgh.
... Pitched 2.0-scoreless innings of one-hit ball, June 24 at Seattle, while
striking out one to pick up his lone win of the season.
... Departed June 28's game vs. Pittsburgh in the seventh inning with a left
... Landed on the 15-day disabled list a second time, June 29 ... was shut
down the remainder of the season, August 11, after a MRI exam revealed
a tear in the MCL of the knee, two days after he felt a "pop" while rehabbing
at the Cubs minor league facility in Mesa, Ariz.2009John set a career mark with 75 relief appearances between the Pirates (45) and Cubs (30) ... combined to go 3-0 with a 3.36 ERA (27 ER/72.1 IP) between the two clubs, including no record with a 3.24 ERA (9 ER/25.0 IP) in 30 games for Chicago... Began his Cubs career with 16-consecutive scoreless appearances, spanning 13.0 innings, July 31-September 1... Allowed just five home runs in 72.1 innings pitched, the lowest total in his six full major league seasons ... allowed nine in 2008 with Pittsburgh... Surrendered four homers as a Pirate and just one roundtripper as a Cub ... did not allow a home run in a season-high 29 consecutive games, July 27-September 23 (25.1 IP)... Did not allow a run in 60 of his 75 outings... Stranded his first 11 inherited runners as a Cub... Collected a career-high 23 holds between the Pirates and Cubs ... the 23 holds ranked ninth in the National League and tied for 15th in the majors... Made his Cubs debut July 31, tossing a scoreless sixth inning in Florida... Posted a 3.60 ERA (4 ER/10.0 IP) in 12 games at Wrigley Field after joining Chicago... Opponents batted just .209 (19-for-91) off the southpaw after coming to Chicago ... he handcuffed left-handed hitters to a .133 average (4-for-30)... Did not allow a run in 14 August contests (11.0 IP) ... held the opponent to three hits and seven walks, while fanning seven... Had a 7.36 ERA (9 ER/11.0 IP) in 13 games, September 4-30...surrendered multiple runs in three of those contests... Made his career-high 75th appearance October 2 vs. Arizona, tossing a scoreless eighth ... he surrendered one hit, while fanning two... Finished April with a 1-0 mark and a 1.74 ERA (2 ER/10.1 IP) with Pittsburgh... Recorded 11-consecutive scoreless outings, June 24-July 22, covering 12.0 innings pitched with the Pirates... Collected holds in four-consecutive games for Pittsburgh, May 25-June 6.2008Established career highs in appearances, falling four shy of the club record for a left-handed pitcher (78
by Scott Sauerbeck in 2002)..Also set career highs in innings pitched, ERA and victories...Posted third-best ERA among N.L. lefty
relievers behind Los Angeles' Hong-Chih Kuo (1.69) and Colorado's Brian Fuentes (2.73)...Was scored upon just eight times in his
final 36 appearances, beginning on 7/1 (36.2ip/8er - 1.96 ERA)...Held opposing batters to a .215 average, with right-handed batters
hitting .207 (43-for-208) and lefties hitting .239 (17-for-71)...Surrendered eight of his nine
home runs to right-handed hitters; Nick Markakis was the lone lefty to take him deep
(6/14 at Baltimore)...Allowed 13 of his 25 runs to score on the nine homers he
allowed...Was a member of Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster for the fifth time...Did not allow
a run in his first 14 appearances (13.0ip) thru 4/29...Picked up first win in club's 1-0
victory vs. Cincinnati on 4/11...Gave up first run and suffered loss at Washington on
5/1...Also gave up a run in his next outing on 5/4 at Washington...Stranded each of his
two inherited runners and picked up second win on 5/9 vs. Atlanta...Surrendered a solo
home run to Albert Pujols in the 8th inning on 5/13 and suffered first blown save...Entered
5/15 contest with two runners on and one out; retired the two batters he faced and picked up his third win...Tied career high with
3.0ip on 5/24 vs. Chicago (NL) and picked up fourth win; also grounded out in lone plate appearance on 5/24...Surrendered home
run to left-handed hitting Nick Markakis at Baltimore on 6/14 and suffered blown save...Gave up grand slam to Jermaine Dye in
1.0ip+ on 6/19 at Chicago (AL)...Was scored upon in seven of his 11 games in June, but in just 12 of his other 63 appearances...Tied
career high with four walks on 7/8 vs. Houston, but did not allow a run while winning fifth game - his final appearance prior to
the All-Star break, which began on 7/14...Retired the three batters he faced on 7/18 at Colorado, his first outing since 7/8...Entered
game on 7/21 at Houston with bases loaded and one out and escaped the jam; tossed 1.2 scoreless frames in the contest...Surrendered
solo homers to Scott Hairston and Josh Bard and suffered 3-1 loss to San Diego at PNC Park on 7/27...Earned first save (third career)
in 3-0 victory on 8/1 at Chicago (NL)...Picked up second save on 8/11 at New York (NL)...Pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning vs. Cincinnati
on 8/13 to pick up third save...Earned fourth and final save on 8/18 vs. New York (NL)...Gave up two-run homer to Scott McClain
at San Francisco on 9/6...Surrendered an unearned run while winning sixth and final game on 9/17 vs. Los Angeles (NL)...Was scored
upon just twice in final 11 outings (9.1ip/2r/1er) and held opposing batters to a .189 average in his 32 games after the All-Star
break...Went 4-for-8 in save situations and allowed eight of his 33 inherited runners to score...Finished 2008 season tied with John
Candelaria for 12th in team history with 345 career appearances.2007Began season on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow irritation...Made four appearances while on
rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis from 4/13-24...Was reinstated from D.L. on 4/24 and made first appearance with Pirates
on 4/25 vs. Houston...Did not allow a run in first three appearances (2.0ip)...Picked up second career save on 4/26 vs. Houston...Did
not issue a walk in eight straight outings (8.2ip) before allowing two on 5/19...Suffered first loss on 5/6 at Milwaukee...Flied out
to left field in lone at bat on 5/26 at Cincinnati...Was scored upon in three straight appearances from 6/9-16 and had a 6.38 ERA
following the action on 6/16; posted a 3.51 ERA (33.1ip/13er) from that point on...Was scored upon just once in 21 appearances
from 7/17 thru 9/4 (23.0ip/1er - 0.39 ERA)...Whiffed at least one batter in eight consecutive games from 7/18 thru 8/4 (12 K's
total)...Held opposing hitters to a .109 average in his 14 appearances from 7/31 thru 8/30 (5-for-46)...Was the winning pitcher in
Pittsburgh's 8-7 victory at San Francisco on 8/10...Was charged with a run five times in his last 31 appearances (28.2ip/10er - 3.14
ERA), beginning on 7/17...Picked up third victory on 9/12 vs. Milwaukee...Was scored upon in two of his last four outings (1.1ip/6er),
raising ERA from 3.58 to 4.53...Suffered lone blown save on 9/25 vs. Arizona...Walked three batters and gave up four runs in 0.1ip
and lost second decision on 9/28 vs. St. Louis...Allowed 17 of his team-high 47 inherited runners to score.2006Set career high in appearances, falling six shy of the club record for a left-handed pitcher (78 by Scott Sauerbeck in 2002)...Also established career highs in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts...Stranded a National League-best 82.5 percent of his inherited runners (33-of-40)...Posted a 2.92 ERA in his 35 games at PNC Park...Made Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster for the third straight year...Was scored upon in each of his first three outings (2.2ip/3r) and eight times in his first 14 outings thru 5/5 (13.2ip/10er)..Surrendered a total of six home runs in his first 18 games (17.2ip), but just one (Edwin Encarnacion at Cincinnati on 8/18) in his final 54 appearances (52.0ip)...Suffered first loss on 5/1 at Chicago...Whiffed a career-high tying five batters while working 2.0 scoreless frames on 5/14 vs. Florida...Made seven straight scoreless outings from 5/27 thru 6/19 (6.1ip)...Struck out the only batter he faced and picked up first victory on 6/1 vs. Milwaukee...Surrendered three runs in 2.1 innings at Los Angeles on 6/23 and four runs in 1.2 innings of 7/2 vs. Detroit; was scored upon just nine times in his final 39 appearances after 7/2 outing (37.2ip/12er - 2.87 ERA)...Made 12 straight scoreless outings (14.1ip) from 7/5 thru 8/3, holding the opposition to a .106 batting average in that time (5-for-47)...Was scored upon just once in 18-game span from 7/5 to 8/14 (18.2ip/1er), dropping ERA from 5.57 to a season-low 3.71...Suffered first of two blown saves in 5-4 Bucco victory on 8/23 at Atlanta...Recorded second blown save in 10-9, 11-inning win on 8/30 vs. Chicago...Picked up fourth victory on 9/5 at Chicago...Suffered second loss on 9/6 at Chicago, snapping his career-high four-game winning streak (6/1 to 9/5)...Struck out in only plate appearance; 6/23 at Los Angeles.2005Stranded a major-league best 89.7 percent of his inherited runners, allowing just four of his 39 inherited runners to score...Was a member of Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster for the second straight year...Surrendered four hits and two runs in 1.0 inning of work in season debut on 4/6 vs. Milwaukee...Followed that outing by making seven straight scoreless appearances (5.1ip) from 4/7-23...Did not allow a hit (batters went 0-for-11) over five appearances from 4/7-19...Earned victory in club's come-from-behind win @Chicago on 4/23...Was scored upon just once in 16 outings from 4/7 thru 5/28 (13.1ip/1r/1er)...Allowed only three extra base hits (all doubles) in first 28 appearances thru 7/6...Held opponents to a .214 batting average (6-for-28) during the month of May while posting a 1.13 ERA (8.0ip/1er) in nine appearances...Allowed first inherited runner to score on 5/27 @Cincinnati (did not allow his first eight to score beforehand)...Was scored upon for the third time after allowing one run in 1.0 inning on 6/2 vs. Florida...Held opponents to a .139 batting average (5-for-36) from 5/3 thru 6/17 and posted a 1.69 ERA (10.2ip/2er) during that 14-game stretch...Picked up second and final victory on 6/26 @St. Louis; entered tied game with runner on third base and one out in the 9th, but retired Jim Edmonds and Larry Walker on pop outs to the catcher (Bucs won the game in the 10th)...Did not allow a run in seven straight contests from 6/16 thru 7/6, lowering season ERA to 1.96...Was scored upon in his final two outings before the All-Star break on 7/17 (0.1ip/1r) and 7/20 (0.1ip/2r), raising ERA from 1.96 to 3.04...Served up first home run on 7/17 @Chicago (Aramis Ramirez)...Surrendered second home run to Atlanta's Rafael Furcal (the first batter he faced) and lost first decision on 7/31 @Turner Field...Allowed Cliff Floyd to take him deep on 8/16..Suffered only "blown save" on 9/11 @Cincinnati...Failed to retire any of the three batters he faced and allowed two inherited runners to score on 9/25 @Los Angeles. ...Allowed all six of his home runs after the All-Star break...Was scored upon in eight of his final 19 appearances (15.1ip/17r/14er - 8.22 ERA)...Held left-handed hitters to a .219 batting average (16-for-73), but surrendered four home runs to lefties and just two to righthanders (120 at bats)...Did not receive a plate appearance.2004Established Pittsburgh rookie record for appearances by a lefthander (Scott Sauerbeck held previous mark of 65 in 1999) while spending first full season in the majors...Finished fourth among National League rookies in games and fifth in strikeouts...Posted a 2.92 ERA (24.2ip/11r/8er) in first 28 games thru 6/10 and a 6.56 ERA (37.0ip/28r/27er) in final 40 appearances...Was a member of the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career...Was scored upon once in his first nine games...Failed to retire the two batters he faced and allowed two runs on 4/16 @New York (NL)...Retired all six batters he faced on 4/23 vs. Cincinnati...Did not allow an earned run in 11 straight appearances (7.2ip) from 4/18 thru 5/8...Suffered first career "blown save" on 5/1 @Milwaukee after allowing an inherited runner to score...Lost first big-league decision after allowing two runs in the top of the 14th inning in Pittsburgh's 9-7 loss vs. Los Angeles on 5/9...Had second "blown save" on 5/11 @Colorado in Pittsburgh's 15-10, 12-inning win. ...Served up three home runs in eight outings (7.1ip) from 5/9-29 after not allowing one in his first 15 appearances (10.2ip). ...Dropped second straight decision in Pittsburgh's 12-1 loss vs. Chicago (NL) on 5/30...Tossed a career-high 3.0 innings on 6/1 vs. St. Louis...Entered game on 6/30 vs. St. Louis with runners on second and third and no outs, but did not allow a run to score...Served up go-ahead home run to Brian Schneider and fell to 0-3 with loss to Expos in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 7/8...Was tagged with a loss in next appearance after allowing four runs vs. Montreal on 7/19...Earned first major league win in Pittsburgh's 14-4 victory vs. Cincinnati on 7/24...Made seven straight scoreless outings (6.0ip) from 7/22-31...Suffered fourth "blown save" on 8/1 @Milwaukee...Picked up second win with 1.0 scoreless inning of work on 8/11 vs. San Francisco...Did not retire any of the four batters he faced while allowing two home runs in fifth "blown save" on 8/10 vs. San Francisco...Recorded first big-league save on 8/19 @St. Louis in Pittsburgh's 3-2, 10-inning win...Established club rookie record for appearances by a lefthander with his 66th on 9/29 @Philadelphia (game one)...Was 1-for-7 in save situations and allowed 13 of his 43 inherited runners to score...Went 0-for-1 in lone plate appearance (6/21 @Houston).2003Split season between Altoona (AA) and Nashville (AAA)...Posted a 6-3 record and a 3.68 ERA (107.2ip/44er) in 41 appearances (nine starts) with the two clubs...Went 3-1 with a 4.21 ERA (47.0ip/22er) in nine starts and 3-0 with one save and a 2.25 ERA (36.0ip/9er) in 15 relief appearances with the Curve...Began season in Altoona's starting rotation and won his first outing on 4/5 @Reading (5.0ip/1er)...His shortest start of the year was a 3.0-inning stint in a no-decision on 4/12 vs. Reading...Won his second straight decision on 4/23 @Erie (game one)...Suffered his only loss with Altoona on 5/4 @Reading...Allowed just one run in 6.0 innings of work while earning a win in his ninth and final start on 5/21 @New Haven...Did not allow a run in first two relief outings (5.1ip)...Retired all six batters he faced in 2.0 innings of work and earned the win on 6/6 vs. Harrisburg...Allowed one run in 10.1 innings of work in five appearances from 6/6-17...Won his last four decisions from 5/21 thru 6/26...Twirled 4.0 innings of shutout relief and picked up first professional save on 7/3 @Norwich...Joined Nashville on 7/21 and worked exclusively out of the bullpen...Tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in debut with the Sounds on 7/21 @Oklahoma...Suffered first loss on 7/23 @Oklahoma...Did not allow a run in five straight outings from 8/10-20 (6.2ip)...Was tagged for five runs (4er) in 0.1 inning and suffered second loss on 8/21 vs. Oklahoma...Posted a 15.43 (4.2ip/8er) in his final five outings during the regular season...Made three appearances in the Pacific Coast League playoffs and went 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA (3.2ip/2er)...Had his contract purchased by Pittsburgh on 9/13...Made major league debut on 9/14 vs. Philadelphia and allowed three runs (two earned) in 1.1 innings of work. ...Whiffed five of the six batters he faced on 9/21 vs. Chicago (NL)...Made four scoreless appearances to close out the season (3.2ip/0hits/8K's)...Posted a 1.42 ERA (6.1ip/1er) in six appearances during the Olympic Qualifying Team Trials in Phoenix, Arizona at conclusion of regular season and was selected to squad.2002Spent entire season with Altoona...Established minor league career highs in starts and losses...Ranked second on the staff in innings pitched behind Justin Reid (153.2ip)...Tossed 6.0 scoreless frames in his first start on 4/7 vs. Harrisburg...Was charged with six earned runs in 1.2 innings of work in his next start; a loss @Harrisburg on 4/13...Lost his first three decisions before winning first game on 5/6 @Reading...Suffered season-high four-game losing streak from 5/12 thru 6/8...Tossed five-hit shutout on 6/13 vs. Erie...Won three straight starts from 6/13-24 and went 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA in six starts during the month of June (his only winning month)...Lost three in a row from 7/4-20, but then produced season-high four-game winning streak from 7/25 (game one) thru 8/11...Made lone relief appearance on 8/18 @Akron...Lost his last three decisions.2001Went 3-9 with a 4.53 ERA (99.1ip/50er) in 23 minor league starts...Began season with Altoona and lost first two decisions...Picked up first win on 4/22 vs. Akron, but then lost three straight decisions from 4/27 thru 5/13...Suffered left elbow strain on 5/18 and was placed on the disabled list...Was assigned to Bradenton (Rookie) on 6/25, where he made six rehab appearances...Lost lone game on 7/16 against the Rangers...Was transferred to Lynchburg on 7/26 and surrendered just one run in his first start (4.1ip) on 7/27 vs. Potomac (game one)...Lost three straight decisions from 8/1-11...Hurled season-high 7.0 innings on 8/16 @Myrtle Beach...Won lone game with Lynchburg in final appearance on 8/26 vs. Winston-Salem (game one)...Returned to Altoona on 8/29...Tossed 6.0 scoreless frames and struck out season-high eight batters for win in last outing on 9/1 vs. Portland (game two).2000Spent entire season with Altoona...Led team in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts...Went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his first four starts before winning first decision on 5/1 @Reading...Went 4-2 in his six starts during the month of May...Tossed first professional complete game on 5/21 vs. New Britain...Was placed on disabled list due to left elbow discomfort on 6/22...Was reinstated from D.L. on 7/6...Lost three straight decisions from 6/14 thru 7/6...Hurled 6.0 scoreless frames @Norwich on 7/14...Lost final game on 7/20...Went 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA (29.0ip/8er) in five starts during the month of August, winning three consecutive starts from 8/17-28...Underwent arthroscopic surgery on left elbow in October (Dr. James Andrews).1999Established minor league career highs in nearly every category while spending entire season with Hickory (A)...Led club in victories, starts and innings pitched...Ranked third in the South Atlantic League in strikeouts...Surrendered just one hit and struck out seven batters in first start; a victory over Augusta on 4/8...Posted a 1.26 ERA (28.2ip/4er) in his first five starts...Tossed 6.0 scoreless frames on 5/2 @Delmarva and followed that up with 6.2 scoreless innings @Hagerstown on 5/7 (both no-decisions)...Recorded a 2.75 ERA in six starts during the month of June...Won three straight starts from 6/13-24, but then lost three in a row from 7/5-16...Struck out 12 batters on 6/18 vs. Columbus...Surrendered 22 earned runs in 26.2 innings of work during the month of August and went 1-2 with a 7.43 ERA in five starts...Whiffed a season-high 13 batters on 8/20 @Greensboro...Posted a 2-0 record and a 0.00 ERA in his last two starts (14.2ip/1r/0er).1998Spent entire season with Augusta (A)...Was on disabled list with an ear contusion from 5/29 to 6/21 (hit in head by foul ball while in dugout)...Made six starts prior to making lone relief appearance on 7/6 @Charleston-SC...Won three straight decisions between 7/10-31...Surrendered six hits and seven runs without retiring a batter on 8/11 vs. Columbus...Worked a season-high 7.0 innings in his next start on 8/19 @Hickory...Won his last two decisions.1997Began professional career with Bradenton after being selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the June draft...Was on D.L. from 6/20-27 due to a blister on his left middle finger...Made first appearance on 6/29 and suffered loss in relief to Rangers (1.0ip/4r/3er)...Lost first four decisions before winning first professional game on 7/30...Won again on 7/31, but lost his last three starts...Went 1-6 with a 4.84 ERA in his eight starts and 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA (10.0ip/4er) in three relief outings.