Robbie Grossman

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Robbie Grossman
Robbie Grossman in 2017 (34012699304).jpg
Grossman with the Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics – No. 8
Outfielder
Born: (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 29)
San Diego, California
Bats: Switch Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 24, 2013, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through July 13, 2019)
Batting average.257
Home runs41
Runs batted in221
Teams

Robert Edward Grossman (born September 16, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). After attending high school in Texas, Grossman was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008. He made his MLB debut with the Houston Astros in 2013 and spent three seasons with the Minnesota Twins.

Early life[edit]

Grossman grew up in Cypress, Texas, where he played four seasons of varsity baseball at Cy-Fair High School between 2005 and 2008. He was a first-team all-district selection as a freshman. In his junior season, the team won the 5A state baseball championship. "He was fun to coach because he worked very hard at practice and looked like he was having the time of his life playing the game. We knew early on as a coaching staff that he was a special player," said a former high school coach, John Pope.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Minors[edit]

Considered a possible first round pick, Grossman fell in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft due to his commitment to attend the University of Texas. However, the Pirates selected Grossman in the sixth round of the draft and signed him for an above slot $1 million signing bonus.[2]

In 2010, Grossman played for the Bradenton Marauders of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL). In 2011, again playing for the Marauders, Grossman became the first minor league player since Nick Swisher in 2004 to score 100 runs and walk 100 times in a season; he also became the first player in the FSL to do so since 1998.[3] He was named Minor League Player of the Year for the Pittsburgh organization.[4]

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus ranked Grossman as the 76th best prospect in baseball before the 2012 season.[5] The Pirates invited Grossman to spring training in 2012. On July 24, 2012, the Pirates traded him to the Houston Astros along with Rudy Owens and Colton Cain for Wandy Rodríguez.[6] Between Pittsburgh's Class AA affiliate, the Altoona Curve of the Eastern League, and Houston's Class AA team, the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League, Grossman hit .266 with 10 home runs in 131 games.[7]

Houston Astros[edit]

Grossman at spring training in 2015

The Astros promoted Grossman to the major leagues on April 24, 2013, he batted leadoff in his debut.[8] He split time that year between the Oklahoma City Redhawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and the Astros.[7] At one point, Grossman hit safely in 13 consecutive games, a team high that year.[9]

Grossman played in 103 games for the Astros in 2014, hitting for a .233 batting average, six home runs and 37 runs batted in (RBI).[6]

After spending much of the 2015 season in the minors, he was released by the Astros after the 2015 season.[10]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On December 11, Grossman signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, receiving a non-roster invitation to spring training.[11] He opted-out of his contract on May 16, 2016 and signed with the Minnesota Twins.[12] The Twins promoted him to the major leagues on May 19,[13][14] and he hit a home run in his first game with the Twins on May 20.[13] He split time between playing occasional first base and left field and also was the designated hitter at times during the season. Grossman finished the season appearing in a total of 99 games for the Twins, setting career highs in home runs, average, walks and runs scored. In 2017, he established himself as a regular in the Twins’ lineup, playing in a career-high 119 games — despite missing a few weeks with a thumb fracture — and hitting .246 with 9 HR and 45 RBI.

In 2018, Grossman began the season as the Twins designated hitter. He played a career high 129 games, hitting .273 with 5 home runs and 48 RBIs. On November 30, 2018, the Twins non-tendered Grossman and he became a free agent.[15]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On February 15, 2019, Grossman signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cy-Fair alum impressive in major league debut for Astros". Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. April 26, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Bob Smizik Sports Blog - Pittsburgh Post Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Vukovcan, Mike (August 19, 2011). "Robbie Grossman: 100/100 Club".
  4. ^ McTaggart, Brian (March 9, 2014). "Grossman looks to prove worthy of everyday role". MLB.com. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Baseball Prospectus - Future Shock: Top 101 Prospects". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Robbie Grossman Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Robbie Grossman Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Robbie Grossman lives out lifelong dream". Ultimate Astros. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "Astros A to Z: Robbie Grossman". Houston Chronicle. March 7, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  10. ^ Ryan Dunsmore (November 19, 2015). "Astros trade Jonathan Villar to Brewers for pitcher Cy Sneed; release Cruz and Grossman". The Crawfish Boxes. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "Cleveland Indians sign outfielder Robbie Grossman to minor league deal with spring training invite". cleveland.com. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  12. ^ Adams, Steve (May 16, 2016). "Robbie Grossman Opts Out Of Minors Deal With Indians". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Fox Sports. "Minnesota Twins' Robbie Grossman shines in 9-3 loss to Toronto Blue Jays". FOX Sports. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  14. ^ "MLB report: Twins call up ex-Astro Robbie Grossman". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  15. ^ "Twins non-tender outfielder Robbie Grossman". FOX Sports. November 30, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  16. ^ Lee, Jane (February 15, 2019). "A's add veteran Grossman to outfield mix". MLB.com. MLB. Retrieved February 17, 2019.

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