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Pirates name Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year09/23/2011 2:03 PM ET
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. The announcement was made by Kyle Stark, Pirates' Assistant General Manager.
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 Florida State League 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.
Grossman was selected by the Pirates in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Cypress- Fairbanks (TX) High School, where he was rated by Baseball America as the 49th-best prospect in the country. 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).
In his second-to-last start with the Marauders, McPherson took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before allowing his only hit one a one-out home run. Following his promotion to Altoona, he went 8-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 16 starts, including a 4-1 mark and 2.60 ERA in his first full month in Double A in July. Following the All-Star break, he tied for second among all Double-A pitchers with six wins and did not allow a run in a combined 10.0 innings in his final two starts.
McPherson was selected by the Pirates in the 14th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Mobile (AL).
Grossman and McPherson will available for interviews in the Press Conference Room at PNC Park at 6:15 tonight prior to the game between the Pirates and Reds.
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