Former Grace College baseball standout Logan Grigsby has signed an offer to continue his playing career professionally overseas in Germany.
Grigsby will be joining the pitching staff for the reigning Baseball-Bundesliga champion Heidenheim Heideköpfe. The Baseball-Bundesliga is the highest level of professional baseball in Germany. Heidenheim is a three-time Baseball-Bundesliga champion, finishing with a 22-6 record in 2017.
“I’m extremely excited to have the chance to continue my baseball career in Germany,” Grigsby said. “A lot of time and work have been put in to get where I’m at right now, so it feels good to see it paying off.”
When asked about his goals while competing overseas, the right-hander had this to say, “I am looking forward to developing my skills even further in Europe and competing to win a championship. I don’t think I have reached my full potential as a pitcher, and my ultimate goal is to eventually play professionally in the US; however, that’s in God’s hands. Right now, I feel humbled and blessed by the opportunity I have and will not take it for granted.”
Grigsby also mentioned how family ties helped influence his decision when choosing where to play. “The prospect of traveling and being closer to family in Germany makes it that much sweeter.”
As a Lancer, Grigsby spent his first two years on both the mound and in the lineup. He transitioned into a full-time pitcher his junior year when he became Grace’s ace of the rotation.
During his junior campaign, Grigsby posted a 3.00 ERA, tossing four complete games in 10 starts. He notched six wins as well as earning his only career save. He struck out 61 batters in 63 innings pitched, allowing just 21 earned runs. He ended the year ranked 16th in the NAIA in hits allowed and 25th in opponent’s batting average. His efforts during the year helped him achieve an NCCAA Pitcher of the Week award and honorable mention on the All-League team in 2016.
Grigsby continued to be an anchor in Grace’s rotation in 2017, making 13 appearances and 10 starts. He led the staff in strikeouts for the second consecutive season by fanning 53 batters in 49.1 innings pitched.
Grace head baseball coach Cam Screeton had high praise for his former pitcher: “We are very excited that Logan has signed to play in Germany. I wish him luck and know his work ethic and competitiveness will make him successful.”