Pirates Prospect Interview: Robbie Grossman

The Pittsburgh Pirates snagged Texas high school outfielder Robbie Grossman in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. Grossman is off to a solid start with the Class A West Virginia Power. He is batting .274 with four home runs, 33 RBI and 24 stolen bases. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Grossman recently.

GVB You are in your first full season of Pro ball – has it been an eye opener, any surprises?

RG No, just getting used to playing everyday and just going out and enjoying playing baseball and just having as much fun as I can and trying to win as many games as we can. It is a grind every single day. You get two days off a month and it really takes a lot out of you mentally and physically every single day.

GVB Have you been happy with your progress this season?

RG I'm pretty happy. This first season I just want to get out here and play and soak up as much as I can and get the experience playing a full season and just improve on what I need to improve on in the off season.

GVB What are the areas that you think you will need to work on?

RG Overall just hitting and switch hitting and two strike hitting.

GVB Are you more comfortable batting right-handed or left-handed? And does your approach change at all as a result of which batter's box you're standing in?

RG No, it doesn't. I just stick with a plan - similar plans for both sides - and just try to drive the ball up the middle and put the barrel on the ball. I've only been hitting left-handed for two or three years now – so I'm more comfortable right-handed.

GVB How do you feel you have done defensively so far this season?

RG I think I've done pretty well, but there's always thing you can work on. There is a lot of emphasis on learning the game at this level and learning how to play the game right.

GVB You are only 19, do you think you'll be a table-setter or a middle-of-the-order guy – is there power potential?

RG Yeah, I think once I get more at bats and more comfortable left-handed hopefully my power numbers will go up. Whatever the team needs me to be. I can change my game to be both if needed.

GVB You've got some stolen bases – is that going to be a big part of your game?

RG I've always stolen bases coming up through high school and I just try to get in scoring position and create more scoring opportunities for the team.

GVB Do you have a timetable for reaching the major leagues - how soon do you think you'll be ready to help the Pirates?

RG As soon as they think I'm ready. I'm going to get my seasons in and do my time right now, and hopefully down the road it works out well for me. I just let that take care of itself. The best thing you can do is just go out and have fun everyday and enjoy it, because if you don't it will eat you up and whenever the Pirates think I'm ready – then I'll be ready.

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