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9/16/1989 (27 y, 5 m, 3 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 6, Pick: 2, Overall: 174, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
$0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
$0.5M / 1 Years (2015)
Grossman is hitting third Tuesday and should serve as the Twins' everyday left fielder over the rest of the season. (9/20/2016)
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Grossman followed up a successful age-21 2011 season at Pittsburgh's High-A Florida State League affiliate with an even better Arizona Fall League campaign -- one that saw him post home-run, walk, and strikeout rates all among the league's leaders. Despite suffering a broken hamate bone -- one which ended said successful AFL season -- Grossman returned to begin 2012 at Double-A. The results were less impressive there than the year before, although still included double-digit walk percentages -- something which has been the case for Grossman at basically every level. Sent to Houston as part of the Wandy Rodriguez deal, Grossman has fewer Andrew McCutchens and Starling Martes with whom to compete at the major-league level in his new organization. He's a switch-hitter who's exhibited the ability to handle all three outfield spots. He lacks standout tools, but the overall package makes him useful. (
The Quick Opinion:
Acquired by Houston as part of the trade that sent Wandy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh, Grossman lacks standout tools, but has featured a mature offensive approach and can handle all three outfield spots. With a dearth of talent on the Astros' major-league club, Grossman could see time in Houston in 2013.
Never a prospect-prospect, Grossman has nevertheless demonstrated reasonable athleticism and a control of the strike zone over the duration of his minor-league career to date. Last year, he produced a nearly league-average offensive line in nearly 300 plate appearances with the parent club as a 23-year-old. All quite promising, that. Owing to how he's not a plus fielder, though, and to how his lack of power creates a low-ish offensive ceiling, he will have some trouble convincing clubs that's not merely a fourth outfielder -- which, maybe he is one. For the moment, however, he's also a Houston Astro, which means he's likely to receive a fair bit of playing time. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Imagine David DeJesus, except maybe not quite as good and 10 years younger and also different in a thousand other ways. Maybe you're thinking of Robbie Grossman.
When healthy, the Astros' outfield has two spots locked down. George Springer and his bag of tools, and free agent signee Colby Rasmus probably gets a comfortable leash for much of the year. And then you have a scrum for the third and fourth spots in that outfield, assuming the team makes good on playing newcomer Evan Gattis at first and designated hitter as they've said. Enter Robbie Grossman, but also Jake Marisnick, Alex Presley, and maybe even Domingo Santana. At some point, the 23-year-old Santana may get some burn just because his upside is the highest. But while the dude has power, and maybe some patience, he isn't going to be an asset at any other phase of the game. At 24, Jake Marisnick is also young enough that you could dream on his skills. He has the best defense of the crew, and in the minors has shown some power to go with his decent contact and good wheels. Problem is, there's not much patience, and he's right-handed. He might get the weak-side platoon with someone in right, and also function as the backup center fielder. So he'll be on the team at least. Alex Presley has gotten over 400 plate appearances over the last two years and been below replacement. He's 29, and the power, patience, and glove have disappeared. Without a big spring, he's out of the picture. See what happens when you whittle away at the Houston depth chart? You're left with a 25-year-old switch hitter who brings a little of everything to the table. Sure, the power hasn't quite shown yet, and his defense is not quite good enough for center field... There were only
with double-digit walk rates that stole more than five bases last year, and he was one of them. In deeper leagues, his possible playing time intrigues. In deeper OBP leagues, he's a bit more interesting than a last-round flier. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
Part of a crowded Houston left field situation, Robbie Grossman doesn't have a standout tool that will put him on sleeper lists. But a little bit of everything -- patience, power, speed -- and a good chance at playing time means he should be on your mind late in your deep-league draft.
Grossman put up a one win season as a part time player in 2014, but took a huge step back last year. He spent most of 2015 with the Astros Triple-A affiliate, where he didn't hit enough to earn much big league consideration. He struck out over 20% of the time, and didn't hit for enough power to justify such little contact, especially for a corner outfielder. As a result, he couldn't get anything more as a minor league deal with the Indians. Grossman still possesses some of the speed that made him a compelling fantasy prospect a few years ago; and he hit double digit homers in the not too distant past, and the Indians outfield past Michael Brantley is not the strongest rotation out there. So there's a glimmer of upside if you squint hard enough. He might be a decent AL-only play if he finds playing time, but that would likely take a few injuries. (Chris Mitchell)
The Quick Opinion:
Ignore Grossman in all formats unless he gets called up. And even then, ignore him in all formats that aren't deep AL-only leagues.
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