Robbie Grossman did not kill anyone, or do anything illegal, but the switch-hitting outfielder hasn’t had many great days since he broke his hamate bone in his hand on November 8.
The production a player provides after such surgery is a flip of the coin, though. Starling Marte bounced back nicely. Other players haven’t. After tearing up the high-A level with the Bradenton Marauders, Grossman tore up the Arizona Fall League.
His season ended with the Bucs outfielder having 20 walks, an average of .375, twenty runs scored, 39 hits and seven bombs. His .472 OBP and 1.097 OPS were very impressive. Some of the best production out of a bumper crop of talent that included Bryce Harper.
If you’re keeping track at home, Grossman produced more in the AFL than current Pirates star Andrew McCutchen.
But so far this season, it’s not been anywhere close to the same at Double-A Altoona. Cory Giger has some details in his post this morning. The mystery surrounding the extended punishment is still not being released, however.