AFL Recap 10/22: Another Big Day for Grossman

Yesterday, Robbie Grossman went 0-for-3 in the Arizona Fall League, which was only his second game without a hit in 15 games this year.  The 0-for-3 day also broke his streak of six straight games with multiple hits.  Grossman got back on track today, leading Mesa to a 9-2 win with a big day out of the leadoff spot.  Playing as the designated hitter, Grossman went 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs, two RBIs, and a stolen base.

He led off the game with a walk, then stole second base during the next at-bat.  After moving to third on a ground out, he was knocked in by Junior Lake. Grossman walked again in the second inning with two outs and runners at second and third.  Two straight singles allowed him to score his second run of the game. He came up for the third time in the fourth inning, hitting a sacrifice fly that scored teammate Brock Holt.  Grossman brought in his second RBI in the sixth inning, with a one out single to bring in Xavier Avery from third base.  Finally, his second hit came in the seventh inning, a two out single, although he was stranded on first.

Grossman has a .385 average in 65 at-bats, along with a 1.136 OPS.  He’s already got a 9:12 K/BB ratio, carrying over his impressive plate patience from the 2011 regular season.

Brock Holt played his second game in the AFL this year, going 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs.  Holt also had a stolen base.

  • If Grossman is not a top 100 prospect next year, the system is severely flawed.

  • Grossman is really starting to look like a player who could hit .260 and still get on base 40% of the time.  Even with average speed, that’s the kind of player I want to see at the top of the lineup.  His developing power makes him that much better at the top.