By Datti Jinkiri
A former Mississippi College baseball player continues to rise up the ranks in professional baseball. Blaine Crim – a first baseman in Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers organization – was promoted from to the Round Rock Express, the team’s minor league Triple-A affiliate. Triple-A is baseball’s highest minor league level, with the MLB being the next tier above.
Crim was a mainstay in the Choctaw lineup from 2016 to 2019. He started 189 games and finished as the school record holder in hits (250) and doubles (55). The Mobile, Alabama native was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Year and helped the Choctaws win their first conference championship since returning to the NCAA Division II level. His stellar college career culminated in him being drafted by the Rangers in the 19th-round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Crim quickly climbed up the ranks since entering the Rangers’ organization in 2019. That same year, he hit .335 and drove in 45 runs while playing Single-A baseball for the Spokane Indians. He was named Northwest League MVP and a classification all-star by Baseball America.
In 2021, Crim also spent time playing Single-A+ ball with the Hickory Crawdads, where he tallied 81 hits and batted at a .300 clip. He earned a promotion to Frisco RoughRiders of Double-A, where he quickly established himself as one of the team’s best players.
Before the promotion to Triple-A, Crim was having a wonderful season with the Frisco. He batted .295 – which was the second-highest average on the team – and led the team with 24 home runs. Crim also drove in 91 runs, which was the most on the team. He was second on the team in hits (136), doubles (26), and walks (49). He also accounted for 234 total bases, which is a career high for him.
At the time of this writing, Crim already has seven games under his belt with the Round Rock Express. He’s batting at a .321 clip with nine hits and two runs batted in. If Crim performs well at the Triple-A level, then a major league call-up could be just around the corner for him.