Justin Van Grouw Signs with Diamondbacks
June 15, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Graduated Wake Forest senior Justin Van Grouw will continue his baseball career, as he has signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Van Grouw, a native of Oakland, N.J., is now the third graduated senior for Wake Forest to be beginning their professional baseball career. Last Saturday, Pat Blair was drafted in the 12th Round of the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, while Niko Spezial was drafted in the 19th Round by the Washington Nationals.
A righty on the mound, Van Grouw went 4-7 this year and had the second-lowest ERA among starting pitchers at 4.16. He made 13 starts and pitched a team-high 71.1 innings while striking out 48 batters and allowing opponents to hit at a .278 clip.
Over his four-year career, Van Grouw appeared in 69 games and made 34 starts for the Demon Deacons. He pitched 211.0 innings and struck out 146 batters.
Van Grouw has not been assigned to a team within the Diamondbacks' organization yet, while Blair and Spezial will both be playing in the New-York Penn League (Class A Short Season). Blair will be with the Hudson Valley Renegades, and Spezial will be with the Auburn Doubledays. This marks the second straight season that the Doubledays will have a Deacon on their roster, as Carlos Lopez spent the season there in 2012.
In addition, Wake Forest has now had five players in the NYPL over the last two years. Adding to Lopez, Blair and Spezial, Brian Holmes (Tri-City ValleyCats) and Tim Cooney (Batavia Muckdogs) both played in the league last year. Holmes earned a spot on the NYPL All-Star team, as well.