Ottawa Titans sign Canadian lefty Evan Grills

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It’s almost like a homecoming for Evan Grills.

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The Ottawa Titans Baseball Club has signed Grills, a left-handed pitcher who lives in nearby St-Albert and was pitching coach with the Ottawa Nepean Canadians, for the 2022 Frontier League season.

The 29-year-old Grills was a 10th-round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2010 MLB Draft. At 6-foot-4, he has twice reached Triple-A in his minor league career, with the Astros and Colorado Rockies organizations.

Grills was a career 36-32 with a 4.25 ERA over 608 innings pitched in the minor leagues. The southpaw was sidelined for the entire 2017 season after receiving Tommy John surgery. After being released by the Astros, Grills signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies, earning an invite to major-league spring training. He split the 2019 season between Double-A and Triple-A, going to combined 5-8 with a 4.50 ERA.

In 2020, he pitched for the American Association’s Winnipeg Goldeyes, with a 3-2 record.

After originally signing with the Titans for the 2021 season, Grills was granted his release to pursue an opportunity in the Chinese Professional Baseball League with the CTBC Brothers. With the Taiwanese side, Grills went 1-1 with a 5.82 ERA in three appearances.

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