AFL Recap 10/18: Grossman and Cunningham Continue Hitting
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.