Robbie Grossman
Robbie Grossman
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Grossman has impressive on-base skills, but his poor glove mostly limits him to DH where he hasn't displayed enough power to warrant a regular role. His 12.9% walk rate ranked 27th in the majors among hitters with at least 450 PA, leading to a .367 OBP. However, he adds just modest power (career .122 ISO). Grossman began last season stuck on the bench and struggled (.636 OPS through May), but turned his year around in the second half with more regular playing time after several Twins starters got hurt. Grossman had an .886 OPS the final two months of the season. He was non-tendered this offseason. In the right situation he could be productive in a platoon (career 147 wRC+ against LHP), but his poor defense will limit his playing time. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Athletics in February of 2019.
Returns to lineup
OFOakland Athletics
October 2, 2019
Grossman is in the starting lineup for the American League Wild Card Game against the Rays on Wednesday, batting eighth.
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Grossman returns to the starting nine after missing time at the end of the regular season with a sore shoulder. The 30-year-old struggled at the plate in September, recording a .149/.216/.234 slash line with six runs and four RBI in 22 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
15
34
17
17
10
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
2
2
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .750 360 48 4 34 1 .263 .383 .367
Since 2017vs Right .714 1043 121 16 97 11 .249 .344 .371
2019vs Left .547 58 8 1 9 1 .173 .259 .288
2019vs Right .700 424 49 5 29 8 .250 .344 .356
2018vs Left .882 153 18 2 16 0 .325 .438 .444
2018vs Right .688 312 32 3 32 0 .248 .332 .356
2017vs Left .696 149 22 1 9 0 .238 .376 .320
2017vs Right .762 307 40 8 36 3 .250 .354 .408
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .661 720 84 9 63 6 .228 .328 .333
Since 2017Away .790 683 85 11 68 6 .280 .381 .409
2019Home .607 246 28 2 16 5 .209 .305 .302
2019Away .760 236 29 4 22 4 .273 .364 .395
2018Home .718 235 28 2 22 0 .258 .355 .364
2018Away .784 230 22 3 26 0 .288 .380 .404
2017Home .661 239 28 5 25 1 .218 .326 .335
2017Away .832 217 34 4 20 2 .278 .400 .432
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Stat Review
How does Robbie Grossman compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.69
 
BB Rate
12.2%
 
K Rate
17.8%
 
BABIP
.288
 
ISO
.107
 
AVG
.240
 
OBP
.334
 
SLG
.348
 
OPS
.682
 
wOBA
.307
 
Exit Velocity
87.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.5%
 
Barrels/PA
1.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Grossman was the surprise winner of the Twins’ DH job last spring, and while his impressive on-base skills give him a relatively high floor, he lacks the impact potential typically associated with that position. His 14.7 percent walk rate ranked seventh in the majors among hitters with at least 450 plate appearances, leading to .361 OBP, which ranked 46th out of 181 hitters. However, he adds just modest power (career .125 ISO) and also declined in the second half of last season (.699 OPS). In addition to his below-average power, he also happens to be a below-average defensive outfielder. Essentially, his bat doesn’t play at DH and his glove doesn’t play anywhere. The switch hitter has a career 109 wRC+ against lefties, so if the Twins decide to relegate Max Kepler (career 36 wRC+ against southpaws) to a strict platoon, Grossman could start in the outfield against lefties. However, given his defensive deficiencies, the front office probably won’t be satisfied with that setup for long.
Grossman had the most productive offensive season of his big league career last year (.280/.386/.443), and while his .364 BABIP and 12.8 percent HR/FB are well above his career norms, his career-high 14.1 walk rate was a mark in his favor. He was a liability in the outfield however, with a minus-15.2 ultimate zone rating and minus-21 defensive runs saved. Grossman also offers little speed for fantasy purposes. He should open the year on the short side of a left field platoon with Eddie Rosario, as he had a .994 OPS against left-handed pitching, continuing a sharp career platoon split. This should lead to a decline in playing time compared to 2016, especially with a new regime in place that will want to focus on developing the Twins' young core, meaning everyday at-bats for Byron Buxton and Max Kepler.
Grossman endured his second straight brutal start to the season in 2015, hitting a mere .143 with a .222 OBP over 24 games for the Astros as the team's fourth outfielder. His poor performance earned him a ticket back to Triple-A in May, which is where he spent the rest of the year while Houston employed Preston Tucker in the role of fourth outfielder. Grossman's production was still below average for the Fresno Grizzlies, with a .325 wOBA and 93 wRC+ over 93 games. He was released by the Astros after the season and then signed to a minor league deal with the Indians. This is certainly a better opportunity for him to find playing time, as the Indians outfield is a mess. However, Grossman has not done anything of late to suggest that he would provide value if given a significant role.
A strong second-half in 2013 (.322 batting average) and a hot spring (.360) had the Astros raving about Grossman's potential, but a brutal start to 2014, during which the 25-year-old hit .125 with 17 strikeouts in 48 at-bats, resulted in a quick demotion to Triple-A. The switch-hitting outfielder turned things around with a .337 batting average in 44 minor league games, but struggled yet again upon his eventual return to Houston. Overall, Grossman hit .233/.337/.333 in 360 big league at-bats (103 games). His elite walk rate (13%) is certainly a plus, but his speed and power are still below average. Coming off a down season offensively, Grossman will have to be a standout in Astros camp to beat out Jake Marisnick (among others) for the starting job in left field. Most likely, he'll open 2015 as the team's fourth or fifth outfielder.
Early season injuries to Justin Maxwell and J.D. Martinez opened the door for Grossman to step in and contribute for the Astros, but the rookie struggled during his initial audition with the team. In 28 games as the starting center fielder, he hit .198/.310/.243 before he was sent back down to Triple-A to sort things out offensively. When Grossman returned to Houston in late July, he looked like a completely different player, immediately ripping off a 10-game hit streak en-route to a .322/.351/.466 line over his final 35 games. An oblique injury ended his season in September, but the switch-hitting outfielder likely proved himself enough to be considered for a starting role out of spring training.
The Astros picked up Grossman from the Pirates as part of the Wandy Rodriguez deal. The 23-year-old outfielder has a knack for getting on base, posting a .266/.376/.410 line over his two Double-A stops. Grossman is most known for that exceptional plate discipline, and while he has subpar power potential, he runs well enough to partially offset the deficit. With Jordan Schafer back in Atlanta, Grossman should eventually get a chance to show what he can do in center field. For now, however, he will likely bide his time in Triple-A waiting for the call.
Grossman provided the Arizona Fall League with one of its most electric performances (hitting .375/.472/.625 in 26 games) before breaking his hamate bone. During the 2011 campaign, the switch-hitting outfielder compiled a slash line of .293/.418/.450 in 134 games with High-A Bradenton. He scored 127 runs, strung together a 104:111 BB:K ratio and swiped 24 bases in 34 attempts. Grossman, who is expected to move up to Double-A for the first time, figures to be ready for spring training -- with the caveat that his power might initially suffer due to his hand injury. A strong start could push him to Pittsburgh by September, but he's still behind the likes of Starling Marte in the pecking order. His plate discipline alone gives him a chance to find regular work in the big leagues.
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Dealing with shoulder soreness
OFOakland Athletics
September 29, 2019
Grossman has been dealing with a sore shoulder in recent games, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Rough sledding in September
OFOakland Athletics
September 23, 2019
Grossman, who went 1-for-4 with a double and a run in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday, is hitting just .154 (6-for-39) with three extra-base hits and four RBI in September.
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Scores twice and drives in two
OFOakland Athletics
September 11, 2019
Grossman went 3-for-6 with a pair of runs and a pair of RBI in Tuesday's blowout win over the Astros.
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Sitting out Sunday
OFOakland Athletics
September 8, 2019
Grossman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Out again Thursday
OFOakland Athletics
September 5, 2019
Grossman is not in the lineup Thursday against the Angels
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