The Pittsburgh Pirates have named their 2011 Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year today. Altoona Curve right handed pitcher Kyle McPherson took the pitcher of the year award, while Bradenton Marauders outfielder Robbie Grossman was named the player of the year.
Grossman hit .294 (144-for-490) with 34 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 56 RBI and 127 runs scored in 134 games while spending the entire 2011 season with High-A Bradenton of the Florida State League. He became the first minor leaguer since Nick Swisher in 2004 to score at least 100 runs and walk 100 times in the same season. He also earned both Florida State League mid- and post-season All-Star honors this year while becoming the first minor leaguer since Adam Piatt in 1999 of the Oakland A’s organization to score at least 127 runs in a season.
Grossman was selected by the Pirates in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of CypressFairbanks (TX) High School, where he was rated by Baseball Ame...
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