Timothy R. Grant
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Riverview High School
- Born August 6, 1949
Starting pitcher Tim Grant was drafted in the first round, 13th overall, by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1968 amateur draft. He pitched four seasons in the minors, never advancing past Single-A. Grant was the third right-handed hurler taken, following Pete Broberg and Lloyd Allen, both of whom would make the majors.
Grant made his debut with the GCL Reds, going 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA. He struck out 58 in 54 innings but control was his undoing, as he walked 49, tying Kenny Brooks for the Gulf Coast League lead. With the 1969 Tampa Tarpons, he improved to 5-2, 2.34 and would have ranked 7th in the league in ERA had he qualified. Back with Tampa in 1970, he went 11-7 with a 3.45 ERA, 89 walks and 130 hits in 167 innings. After going 6 for 41 his first two seasons offensively, he hit .300 and slugged .457 with 5 triples in 70 at-bats. He led the Florida State League in walks.
With the 1971 Raleigh-Durham Triangles, he struggled on the mound (4-6, Sv, 5.08, 67 BB in 101 IP) but moved to the outfield to take advantage of his bat (.294/.380/.392). He resurfaced in 1976 with the Alacranes de Durango, going 17 for 61 with a double, two triples, a homer and 10 walks.
He went 23-20 with a 3.79 ERA in his brief career, walking 227 in 399 innings and twice leading his league in free passes.
Sources include 1969-1972 Baseball Guides, The Mexican League: Comprehensive Player Statistics by Pedro Treto Cisneros