The Arizona Fall League ended last week, and Pirates Minor League outfielder Robbie Grossman has earned a spot on the AFL Top Prospects Team. Now, it’s worth noting that the 22 players on this team are not necessarily the very best prospects to play in the AFL this year. For instance, pitcher Gerrit Cole would be considered a better prospect in the Pirates system than Grossman, even though Cole wasn’t named to this Top Prospects Team.
Rather, this list is made of players who have distinguished themselves in the AFL this year, and Grossman surely did. Though Grossman’s AFL season was cut short with a broken right hamate bone, he still finished third in hits (39), second in homers (seven), third in on-base percentage (.472), fourth in batting average (.375) and sixth in RBIs (22). He led the league with 20 walks.
The full AFL Top Prospects Team looks like this:
OUTFIELDERS: Bryce Harper (Washington), Michael Choice (Oakland), Robbie Grossman (Pittsburgh), Kevin Mattison (Miami), Adam Eaton (Arizona), Wil Myers (Kansas City)
INFIELDERS: Nolan Arenado (Colorado), Mike Olt (Texas), Junior Lake (Chicago Cubs), Brandon Crawford (San Francisco), Joe Panik (San Francisco), Brian Dozier (Minnesota), Joe Terdoslavich (Atlanta), Matt Adams (St. Louis)
CATCHERS: Christian Bethancourt (Atlanta), Derek Norris (Washington)
DESIGNATED HITTERS: Jedd Gyorko (San Diego), Josh Vitters (Chicago Cubs)
PITCHERS: Danny Hultzen (Seattle), Terry Doyle (Chicago White Sox), Brad Boxberger (Cincinnati), Jacob Diekman (Philadelphia)
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