Pirates Minor League Players Of The Year

By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- The Pittsburgh Pirates today named outfielder Robbie Grossman their minor league Player-of-the-Year and Kyle McPherson their minor league Pitcher-of-the-Year for the 2011 season.

Grossman hit .294 (144-for-490) with 34 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 56 RBI and 127 runs scored in
134 games while spending the entire 2011 season with High-A Bradenton of the Florida State League.

He became the first minor leaguer since Nick Swisher in 2004 to score at least 100 runs and walk 100 times in the same season. He also earned both Florida State League mid- and post-season All-Star honors this year while becoming the first minor leaguer since Adam Piatt in 1999 of the Oakland A’s organization to score at least 127 runs in a season.

McPherson went a combined 12-6 with a 2.96 ERA (161.0ip/53er) and 142 strikeouts in 28 starts between
Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. He finished with an organizational leading 142 strikeouts (most by a Pirates minor leaguer since 2006), second in wins (12) and third in ERA (2.96) behind Nicholas Kingham (2.15) and Brett Lorin (2.84).

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