Robbie Grossman became the first minor league player to walk 100 times and score 100 runs in the same season since Nick Swisher in 2004.
Almost all of the top 100 prospect lists have been released at this point, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having anywhere from four to six players on the lists. Most of the players listed had pretty consistent rankings across the board. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were both in the 8-16 range, and considered two of the top pitching prospects in the game. Starling Marte and Josh Bell usually ended up in the 40-70 range. Luis Heredia was either ranked very high due to his upside, or just outside of the top 100 due to his raw skills and ability.
Then there's Robbie Grossman.
Scouts have been split on Grossman for awhile now. Some feel that he doesn't have the speed to handle center field, where his bat plays the best. Those same scouts feel that he doesn't have the power to be a starter at one of the corner outfield spots, where his defense play...
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