Pirates Prospect Interview: Robbie Grossman

Robbie Grossman

OF Robbie Grossman will be playing in the Arizona Fall League after being named the Pirates Minor League Player of the Year. Grossman,22, batted .294 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI for Bradenton, he is the first minor-leaguer since 2004 to draw 100 walks and score 100 runs in the same season. His 127 runs were the most since 1999. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Grossman recently

GVB – Congratulations on being named Pirates Minor League Player of the year, that has to be a big honor for you?

RG – I'm pleased with it, but I really didn't think about what I did the whole year until the season ended. I really reflected on it and it's just a blessing that I was able to go out there and do the things I did.

GVB – Some amazing numbers – 124 runs scored in 134 games, that isn't easy to do.

RG – It's a lot of running don't get me wrong, but it was just a tribute to the guys behind me. I did my job of getting on base and they drove me in.

GVB – 100 runs scored and 100 walks, your approach at the plate – that is a signal that you were being patient at the plate – right?

RG – Yeah, definitely, when Carlos Garcia gave me the role of hitting leadoff and gave me that role at the beginning of the year – the role is to get on base and let the guys behind me score me and get on second and third and get in good position to score.

GVB – How do you feel about other aspects of your game, are you happy with your defense?

RG – I'm very happy. I feel very comfortable playing all three outfield positions and I'm just going out there and learning something new everyday.

GVB – You are going to play in the Arizona Fall League, are you excited about that?

RG – Yeah, just play and have fun. It's a chance to play against higher competition.

GVB – What are some of the things with your game that you want to work on?

RG – Just honing my swing at the plate and taking better routes in the outfield, working on little things like that.

GVB – Do you have a dominant side at the plate and do you like your progress as a switch-hitter?

RG – I've been weird all my life, I threw left-handed and hit right-handed. I'm finally getting more comfortable with that.

GVB – Are you happy your progress through the Pirates Minor League system and do you have any sort of timetable?

RG – I just go out there and play the game and let the guys up top make the decisions and just have fun with it. All I can control is my effort on the field and my play.

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