Pirates Minor League Player of the Year to undergo surgery

Outfielder Robbie Grossman’s impressive season with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League has came to an end early. Grossman, who was named the Pirates Minor League Player of the Year, fractured his hamate bone (hand) and will have surgery next week. The 22-year-old hasn’t played since November 8th.

The typical return from this type of surgery is about three-weeks, with the wrist in a cast throughout that period. However, a player usually will have to wait about six weeks before returning to the field or training on a normal basis.

Grossman leads the league in walks (20), is tied for fifth in average (.375), sixth in runs (20), tied for second in hits (39), second in home runs (7), fourth in OBP (.472) and fifth in OPS (1.097).

Prior to the 2011 season, Grossman was ranked by Baseball America as the Pirates No. 25 best prospect.

Grossman accomplished a rare feat with the High-A Bradenton Marauders this year. In 134 games, Grossman drew 104 walks and scored 127 runs, becoming the first minor leaguer since Nick Swisher in 2004 to score at least 100 runs and walk 100 times in the same season. Grossman also earned Florida State League post-season All-Star honors this year while becoming the first minor leaguer since Adam Piatt in 1999 of the Oakland Athletics’ organization to score at least 127 runs in a season.

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