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Arizona Fall League Begins Today

Arizona Fall League Begins Today

The 2010 Arizona Fall League begins today, with the Mesa Solar Sox playing their first game at 12:35 PM MST (3:35 PM EST).  The Pittsburgh Pirates have seven players on the Solar Sox this year.  Tony Sanchez, Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison, and Andrew Lambo will represent the Pirates on the offensive side of the game, while Justin Wilson, Aaron Pribanic, and Brian Leach will all join the Mesa pitching staff.

The AFL is mostly filled with players from the AA and AAA levels, giving some valuable playing time to these prospects.  For Sanchez, Pribanic, and Leach, it will be their first opportunity to go against talent from the higher levels.  For Mercer, Harrison, Lambo, and Wilson, it will provide additional experience against the upper level talent.  The experience will be important for all of the prospects, but especially important to Sanchez, who missed a lot of time this year after having his season cut short due to season ending surgery from a fastball to the face.  Here is what eac...

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