JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/7/2007 - The Union University baseball program has added a local standout player for the 2008-09 season. University School of Jackson senior Danny Grimm has signed to play his college baseball for the Union Bulldogs.
“I am really excited about the chance to play at Union and having the opportunity to make a difference”, stated Grimm. “Union is a great place spiritually, academically, and in athletics. Also, the opportunity to play for such a great coach as Coach Fronabarger and to be reunited with Coach Talley is an added bonus.” Joseph Talley spent the past four seasons as the assistant coach at USJ before returning to his Alma Mater as assistant coach in October.
In a ceremony held Wednesday on USJ’s campus, Union head coach Brent Fronabarger stated, “We are very excited to have Danny as a part of the Union baseball team. He comes from a great program, has been well coached, and has a great family. Danny is a hard worker and we expect many great things from Danny, both on the field and off, during his time at Union.”
Grimm, a 5-foot-9 shortstop, comes to Union after having played for very successful teams at USJ. He helped lead the team to State Title in 2005 and runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2007. The USJ program earned three state titles prior to 2005, in 1999, 2001, and 2002. USJ also added another runner-up finish in 2003.
Grimm, the son of Rich and Linda Grimm, has been nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman program, one of only three seniors at USJ this year to be nominated.
As a junior, Grimm hit .384 with a .476 on-base percentage and a .918 fielding percentage. He tallied 58 hits, 11 doubles, 15 stolen bases, 32 RBI, and 56 runs scored. Grimm was named All-District and posted a .417 batting average during the state playoffs.
Grimm also played summer baseball with the Jackson Storm 18U team. As their lead-off hitter and starting shortstop, he posted a .524 batting average, .646 on-base percentage, and a .948 fielding percentage. In the TBCA Worth Showcase in Nashville at Vanderbilt University this past summer, Grimm went 3-for-5 with four RBI, a walk, and was hit by a pitch.
Earlier in his high school career, Grimm hit .346 with only nine strikeouts in 128 plate appearances during his sophomore season. He was named All-District and when 2-for-3 in the state championship game. As a freshman, Grimm’s first season at USJ, he started at third base in the state championship game and went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI to help lead USJ to the title.
Grimm played baseball as an eighth grader for Jupiter Christian High School in Florida. He led the team with a .529 batting average and was selected Most Valuable Player of the junior varsity team.
Brad Dyer, the head baseball coach at the University School of Jackson, stated, “We are proud of Danny and what he has been able to accomplish at the high school level. He worked extremely hard to be able to play ball at the next level and it is an honor to see him get that opportunity with Union, and to have been a part of Danny’s growth as a baseball player and as a person.”
Pictured (L to R): Brad Dyer (USJ Head Coach), Linda Grimm (Mother), Danny Grimm, Rich Grimm (Father), Brent Fronabarger (Union Head Coach), Joseph Talley (Union Assistant Coach).
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