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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Top 10 opposing players for 2012 - No. 7 Robbie Grossman

Bio: Pittsburgh's second-rounder from 2008, Grossman's name is just beginning to catch a star. He stands 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, is 22 years old, and attended Cy-Fair High School, in Cypress, Texas. He received a cool $1 million from the Pirates to bypass the University of Texas.

2011: After putting up solid but unremarkable stat lines over his first three seasons in Pittsburgh's system, Grossman broke out in 2011. He posted a .293/.418/.450 slash line with a 13 home runs 56 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 34 tries. He also became the first minor leaguer in seven years (Nick Swisher) to walk 100 times and score 100 runs.

A switch hitter, Grossman hit .326/.441/.442 versus lefties, and .281/.410/.455 versus righties. For what it's worth, he had just one extra-base hit in 32 at-bats against Tampa pitching last season with Bradenton. 

What People Are Saying: Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus named him his No. 6 Pirates prospect; Baseball America put him at No. 8 on their list. Here's what Goldstein wrote about him over at BP.

"Grossman is technically a five-tool prospect, yet one without a plus tool. He showed a much simpler swing in 2011 and a better feel for contact. He has enough pop to earn average power grades. He's a 50-55 runner who can steal a base when given the opportunity, plays a good outfield, and has a solid arm. It's not a tool, but one of Grossman's most valuable attributes is his plate discipline; he led the minor leagues with 104 walks and rarely commits to a bad pitch."

When You Can See Him: Altoona comes to Trenton July 31-Aug. 2 and Aug 20-22. 


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