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Robbie Grossman is getting a lot of attention in the Arizona Fall League, and for good reason. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ outfield prospect went 2-for-4 today along with two walks. It was the fifth multi-hit game in a row or Grossman, and the fifth game in a row with at least one walk. On the season, Grossman has a .375/.462/.643 line in 56 at-bats.
When asked in the comments section whether Grossman would hit with enough power to be a starter, Keith Law had the following response:
I think he’s going to hit enough overall, including getting on base, to be a starter. One of the most exciting players out here.
It’s great to see Grossman hitting, but I don’t think any questions will be answered for sure until he makes the jump to the AA level. The biggest test for hitters is that jump from high-A to AA, and while the AFL provides Grossman with some experience against upper level pitchers, the sample size isn’t enough to draw a definitive conclusion about what type of major league player he could become. We’ll get better answers to those questions in Altoona next year.
Jarek Cunningham also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a walk. Cunningham is 8-for-19 in his last four games, after going 2-for-19 in his first six games of the season. He now has a .263/.341/.579 line in 38 at-bats.
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Today marked the first day in the two week Arizona Fall League season that Robbie Grossman had a day off. Grossman had started in every game for the Mesa Solar Sox, but was given an off-day today. Jarek Cunningham was also given an off-day today, and that would have normally meant a lineup without any Pirates prospects for the first time this season. That wasn’t the case...
Cole got his first win today in the AFL.
A lot of action in the Arizona Fall League today for the Pittsburgh Pirates prospects. Three Pirates pitching prospects saw action, including starter Gerrit Cole, and Robbie Grossman had another big day at the plate, with his fifth homer of the AFL season.
Grossman’s homer came to lead off the game, and was part of a 2-for-4 performance...
Tony Watson received the third highest votes for the 2012 bullpen.
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Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Winter League action:
Gigantes del Cibao 6, Toros del Este 5
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Hanrahan had 40 saves in his first full season as a closer with the Pirates.
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On this date in 1931 former Pirates catcher and coach Don Leppert was born. He started his pro career in 1955 when he signed with the Milwuakee Braves organization. The Pirates acquired him in December 1960 in exchange for minor leaguer Tom Burgess. He made his major league debut on June 18, 1961 and in his first AB he homered off Cardinals pitcher, Curt Simmons. He played 22 total...
On this date in 1973 the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a two player trade with the Pirates sending second baseman Dave Cash to Philadelphia in exchange for pitcher Ken Brett.
Cash led NL 2B in fielding with a .992 mark in 1972
Cash was drafted by the Pirates in the 5th round of the 1966 amateur draft as an 18 year old. In his first full season of minor...
Born on this date in 1864 was one of the original Pittsburgh Pirates back before they were known as the Pirates, Jocko Fields. He was a member of the 1887 team named the Alleghneys, the first year Pittsburgh fielded a team in the National League. Fields is one of 46 major leaguers who were born in Ireland and three of them played for the 1888 Alleghenys, Fields, William Farmer and...
The Pirates have money to spend this offseason, but their team has more holes than free agency can possibly fill.
Kevin Correia, SP: $3MM through 2012
Pedro Alvarez, 3B: $700K through 2012
Jose Tabata, LF: $13.5MM through 2016
Paul Maholm, unranked SP: $9.75MM club option with a $750K buyout
Chris Snyder, Type B...
Earlier I posted the rundown of the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen, noting all of the options available to the Pirates. If you could pick seven of the available options to make up the 2012 bullpen, who would you pick? Answer in the poll below:
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