23 Mike Grindstaff
JOLIET WEST HIGH SCHOOL
A four-year baseball letterman at Joliet West ... Tied for the conference championship with 7-3 league finish and 20-10 overall record ... Team MVP, all-conference and IHSA All-Area senior year ... Was 9-1 in 12 appearances on the mound, totaling 86 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.31 senior year in 84 innings pitched ... Owns school record for most wins in a season ... Also played with Midwest Dodgers and Midwest Mules in summer and fall.
Born October 3, 1992 ... Nicknamed "Grinder" ... Son of Toni Grindstaff and the late Kenneth Grindstaff ... Honor roll student ... Lists NHL's Alexander Ovechkin as an athlete he admires because "he's tough and wants to win."