Robbie Grossman off to fast start in AFL

That’s what ESPN’s Keith Law said after Robbie Grossman homered today in the 2nd game of the Arizona Fall League season. So far in two AFL games, Grossman is hitting .556/.600/1.222 with 2 HR in 9 AB.

There’s been a lot said about Grossman recently as he was surprisingly left off Baseball America’s Top 20 Prospects of the Florida State League list. A lot of reports say that his stats are better than his tools.

Now, if you recently watched the movie Moneyball, then you would say to yourself that stats are all that matter. And in the end, stats really are all that matter. However, it is important to realize that not all stats that get put up in A-ball translate into success at the ML level. Just ask Brandon Wood.

It is nice, though, to see Grossman have success so far in the Arizona Fall League, as it is easily the highest competition that he has faced at this point in his career. His stellar year this season has propelled him up prospect lists and is now considered one of the better hitting players in the Pirates’ minor league system.

Hopefully Grossman keeps up his hot start in a hitter-friendly league and that will carry over to AA next season, where he will really be tested. By this time next year, we should have a pretty good handle on what we have in Grossman. At this point things are still up in the air. The guy has a lot of really good things going for him in his stats, he just needs to keep those up as he moves up the ladder.