Robert Edward Grossman...grew up in Cypress, TX and graduated from Cy-Fair High School in 2008...was a Rawlings First-Team All-American in 2008 and a member of the USA Baseball Junior National Team in 2007...also played football as a freshman and sophomore... signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Texas, but ultimately signed with the Pirates after getting selected by the club in the sixth round of the June 2008 Draft...was ranked by Baseball America as the 49th best prospect in the country entering the draft.
Made Twins Opening Day roster, marking his third time on an Opening Day roster (Houston, 2014-15)...Reached base in first 17 games, posting a .443 on-base percentage in that span; also reached in 28 of first 29 April 4-May 23...Ranked seventh in the AL in on-base percentage pre-All-Star break (.379)...Placed on 10-day disabled list from August 18 to September 5 with a fractured left thumb, first career DL stint... Drew multiple walks 14 times...Reached safely in 88 of 106 starts on the season ...Played 35 games (28 starts) in rightfield, 18 games (17 starts) in leftfield and one game in centerfield...Led Twins in at-bats as designated hitter (223); also led in starts at DH (61)...Set single-season career-highs in games (119), runs (62), hits (94), doubles (22), RBI (45) and walks (67)...Ranked second on Twins in walks and on-base percentage (.361).
Was a spring training invite with Cleveland; reassigned to Triple-A Columbus April 6...Hit .256 (30-for-117) with five doubles, six home runs and 13 RBI in 34 games for the Clippers...Opted out of minor league contract with Cleveland, becoming free agent May 16...signed as minor league free agent with Minnesota May 16 and reported to Triple-A Rochester...Played in one game with Triple-A Rochester after signing, going 1-for-4 with a stolen base May 17...contract selected by Minnesota May 19...Made Twins debut May 20 vs. Toronto, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI...Reached safely in each of his first nine games with the Twins and in 26 of his first 27 from May 20-June 17...Walked 23 times in June, tied for first in the AL for the month and tied for second in baseball...Set season-high and tied career-high with four hits September 18 at New York-NL...Hit .339 (20-for-59) in 20 September games...Hit .344 (43-for-125) against left-handed pitching, the third best in the AL and seventh best in baseball...Ranked third in the AL in OPS (.828) among switch-hitters (minimum of 300 at-bats)...Ranked third on club in walks (55)...Set single-season career-highs in hits (93), doubles (19), home runs (11) and runs (49) and tied career-high in walks (55).
Opened the year with Houston and appeared in two games during the club's opening series against Cleveland April 8-9...appeared in 17 games in leftfield and four games in rightfield for the Astros...went 3-for-31 from April 19-May 12 and was optioned to Triple-A Fresno May 12...spent the remainder of the season in Fresno and hit .303 (43-for-142) off left-handers with a .797 OPS...hit .281 (9-for-32) in the Pacific Coast League playoffs with five runs, a double and three RBI in nine games for the Triple-A champions, who beat Columbus, 7-0, in the finals.
Made his debut on an Opening Day roster, starting in left field on April 1 vs. NYY...saw time at all three outfield spots (67g in LF, 6g in CF, 32g in RF)...appeared in a career-high 103 games over three stints in the Majors...tallied 55 walks this season, which ranked third on the club...his 13.0 percent walk rate ranked seventh in the AL (min. 400 PA)...made the club out of Spring Training and started the year in Houston...was optioned to Triple A OKC on April 15 after appearing in 14 games...was recalled to Houston on May 26...optioned to Triple A on June 24...played 10 games at OKC before being recalled back to the Majors on July 8 where he remained through the end of the season...hit a three-run homer on April 12 at TEX...marked his second homer over a three-game span dating back to April 10...each of his first six career homers went for multiple runs (five 2-run HR's; one 3-run HR)...was recalled from Triple A on July 8 and since then hit .268 (66x246) with 10 doubles, four home runs, 26 RBI, 37 walks and a .366 OBP in 68 games...ranked tied for fifth in the AL in walks since his return...hit .293 (17x58) in 18 games during the month of July after his final recall... knocked a career-high four hits with a double, homer, two RBI and a run scored on July 9 at TEX...batted .349 (15x43) with three homers, seven RBI and a 1.100 OPS in 13 games vs. the Rangers this season...while playing right field on Aug. 2 vs. TOR, robbed a potential IF Juan Francisco home run in the 8th inning that would have tied the game at 4-4...the Astros wound up winning the game 8-2...batted .307 (27x88) with five doubles and a .367 OBP over 23 games in the month of September...hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games...batted in the leadoff spot in his last 39 starts, and in 44 games total...hit .262 (45x196) with eight doubles, 20 walks and a .340 OBP...in 44 games at Triple A OKC hit .337 (59x19) with 30 runs, 16 doubles, four homers, 15 RBI and a .417 on-base percentage.
The 24-year-old, Cypress, TX native made his Major League debut with the Astros this season, hitting .268 with a .332 OBP in 63 games...heading into the season was ranked by ESPN.com as the Astros No. 7 prospect...saw time at all three outfield spots (45g in LF, 29g in CF, 2g in RF)...struggled in his first stint with the club (.198 AVG) but hit .322 with an .816 OPS over his final 35 games after getting recalled back to Houston in July...owned the club's longest hitting streak of the season after hitting in 14 straight games from Aug. 13-27...marked the second-longest hitting streak by an AL rookie this season, behind Jose Iglesias' 18-gamer...was the longest hitting streak by an Astros rookie since Chris Johnson hit in 14 straight in 2010... only three other rookies in Astros history have had 14-game hitting streaks or longer: Terry Puhl (17 games in 1977), Sonny Jackson (15 games in 1966) and Cesar Cedeno (14 games in 1970)....had three hitting streaks of eight or more games this season...reached base safely in 52 of his 63 games (83%)...hit .329 vs. lefties, which ranked sixth all-time in Astros history for a single season by a rookie (min. 50 at-bats)...when putting the first pitch of an at-bat into play, hit .472 (17x36) ... when swinging at the first pitch of an at-bat, the ultimate outcome of his at-bats resulted in a .370 average (27x73) with an .880 OPS...did not make the club out of Spring Training and started the year at Triple A Oklahoma City...was recalled to Houston on April 24 after Justin Maxwell was placed on the DL ... optioned to Triple A on May 27...spent two months at OKC before getting recalled to the Majors on July 26...suffered a strained right oblique on Sept. 3 vs. MIN and missed the final 24 games of the season but was not placed on the DL...made his Major League debut on April 24 vs. SEA and went 2x5...recorded his first ML hit in his second plate appearance...became just the second player in franchise history to hit two doubles in their ML debut (also James Mouton on April 4, 1994 vs. MON) ... the last Major Leaguer to collect two doubles in their MLB debut was OAK's Carlos Gonzalez on May 30, 2008 at TEX ... from July 28 thru the end of the season, ranked second among MLB rookies with a .322 batting average (min. 130 at-bats)...hit his first Major League homer on July 31 at BAL ... was the 71st HR to land on Eutaw St. in Oriole Park history and the 43rd by an opposing player...Lance Berkman was the last Astro to hit Eutaw with a HR (June 18, 2008)...on Aug. 14 at OAK, made a leaping catch at the LF wall to rob Chris Young of what would have been a walk-off homer in the 10th inning ... in 70 games at Triple A OKC, hit .281 (71x253) with 42 runs, 11 doubles, two homers, 20 RBI and a .396 on-base percentage...hit.390 (32x82) in July.
Posted a combined .266 (129x485) average with 28 doubles, 10 homers, 13 steals and a .376 on-basepercentage in 131 games between Double A Altoona (95g) and Double A Corpus Christi (36g)...hit .300(82x290) over his final 79 games of the season from June 2-Sept. 3...began the year with Double A Altoona inthe Pirates organization, hitting .266 (93x350) with 20 doubles, seven homers and a .378 OBP...was tradedto the Astros on July 24 along with LHP Colton Cain and LHP Rudy Owens in exchange for LHP WandyRodriguez...went on to hit .267 (36x135) with a .371 OBP in 36 games for Double A Corpus Christi...enteredthe season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 8 prospect with the 'Best Strike Zone Discipline' in thePirates system...was added to the Astros 40-man roster on Nov. 20...
Was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Player-of-the-Year while spending entire season with High-A Bradenton...Became the first minor league player since Nick Swisher in 2004 to score at least 100 runs and walk at least 100 times in a season...Scored the most runs by any minor league player since 2005; was also the most runs scored by a Pirates minor leaguer since at least 1990...Was named to the Florida State League post-season All-Star team...Led the Florida State League in runs scored and walks while finishing second in on-base percentage, tied for third in games and fifth in OPS (.869)...Ranked second among all Pittsburgh farmhands in games...Hit 11of his 13 home runs against righthanders and 10 of his 13 bombs following the All-Star break...Collected 32 extra base hits following theAll-Star break, which ranked second among Florida State League hitters behind Clearwater's Darin Ruf; was also fourth following the break with 131 total bases...Hit leadoff in 129 of his 134 games...Batted .326 (45-for-138) against southpaws and .281 (99-for-352) against righthanders...Was hitting .259 (48-for-185) following the action on 5/31 before hitting .341 (31-for-91) with 30 runs scored in June...Reached base safely in a Florida State League high 42 straight games from 7/3 to 8/18...Reached the 100 runs/100 walks plateau with a base on balls on 8/18 vs. Charlotte (scored his 100th run on 7/31)...Homered three times in a four-game stretch from 8/18-23...Knocked in a season-high tying four runs on two occasions (7/15 at Dunedin and 8/12 at Jupiter)...Scored seven runs in a doubleheader on 8/24...Played for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League, where he ranked fourth in the league in batting average (.375), second in home runs (seven), third in hits (39) and on-base percentage (.472) and fourth in total bases (65)...Hit safely in 21 of his 26 games with Mesa and led off a game with a home run four times...Went 5-for-9 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored in his first two games...Knocked in a run in four straight games and in five of his first six with the Solar Sox...Recorded six straight multi-hit games from 10/13-20...Homered in back-to-back games for a second time on 10/15 and 10/17...Played in the Rising Stars Game, where he went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout...Reached base safely in each of his last 18 games before suffering a fractured hamate bone in his right hand on 11/8...Was named to the Arizona Fall League's Top Prospects Team.
Spent the entire year at Class A AdvancedBradenton, where he hit .245 (115x470) with 29 doubles and 15 stolen bases in 125 games...tied for thirdin the FSL in runs and ranked second in walks...entering the season, was ranked as the No. 18 prospect inthe Pittsburgh system by Baseball America.
Played in 116 games for Class A Virginia, hitting .266(120x451) with 21 doubles, 35 steals and a .373 on-base percentage...ranked third in the South AtlanticLeague in runs scored and second in walks...reached base safely in 28 straight games from June 6-July 13,including 40 straight home games from April 16-Aug. 18.
Played in five games with the GCL Piratesafter signing with the club as a sixth round draft selection...went 3x16 (.185) in his limited action.