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.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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