On a team like the Houston Astros, where superstars are few and far between, you’d think it’d be hard to overlook the kind of numbers that Robbie Grossman has put up. Now, by no means is he a superstar, at least not yet, but he’s continuing right where he left off in Spring Training and his notoriety level has not risen at all.
Grossman’s .268 average in 2013 is deceptive. That number includes the fizzle he put up to start the year. It’s what he did afterwards that was amazing. On a team that had as much offense as a wet blanket, Grossman still managed to hit .321. The Astros were atrocious with runners in scoring position and with two outs, yet that is precisely where Grossman was at his best, having his highest average with two outs and batting .320 with runners in scoring position. He even added four home runs and 21 RBIs while batting the majority of the time in the lead off spot.
It would be easy for Grossman to sit on his hands going into Spring Training, assuming he’d earned a spot, but that just isn’t his style. Grossman is second on the team with a .360 average. He even added four doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBIs to boot.
2014 is an exciting year for just about every single member of the Astros organization, but Grossman’s progress should be one of the highlights of this year. If he continues on the path he’s paving, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Major Leagues.