Arizona Fall League Rundown After Week Four

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up their fourth week of action.  Here is how the Pirates prospects have done so far:

-Robbie Grossman: .381/.480/.655, 6 HR, 84 at-bats

Grossman is in a three way tie to lead the league in homers.  He currently leads the league in games played (21), at-bats (84), hits (32), total bases (55), and walks (17).  He’s also in the top five in average, on-base percentage, slugging, and OPS.

-Jarek Cunningham: .250/.309/.483, 3 HR, 60 at-bats

Cunningham’s average and on-base percentage haven’t been much, although the power numbers have been good for a middle infielder.  It’s also encouraging that he’s only stuck out 20% of the time so far in the AFL, after putting up a 26.5% strikeout rate in 2011 at the high-A level.

-Brock Holt: .154/.353/.154, 0 HR, 13 at-bats

Holt missed the first two weeks with a hamstring injury, and has been struggling in his limited playing time thus far.  He’s stolen two bases in two attempts, which gives a sign that his injury hasn’t been bothering him.

Cole will pitch in the AFL Rising Stars game.

-Gerrit Cole: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Cole made one start this week, working in the upper 90s once again with his fastball to get the victory for the second straight game.  He’s pitched nine innings so far, and his stats look good, with a strikeout an inning, and no damage outside of his first start.  It was announced that he will start the AFL Rising Stars game on November 5th, opposite Danny Hultzen.

-Michael Colla: 10.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Colla started the week with 1.2 shutout innings, allowing a walk and two strikeouts.  He added two more shutout innings in the middle of the week, with no walks and one strikeout.

-Nathan Baker: 9.1 IP, 14 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Baker pitched twice this week, having two rough outings.  In his first outing he gave up two runs on three hits in an inning of work.  His second appearance saw him give up two runs on three hits in an inning of work.

-Jeff Inman: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Inman pitched twice this week, with one good outing, and one bad outing.  On Tuesday he threw a shutout inning, with the only base runner coming on a fielding error.  Pitch F/X data was available, and showed that Inman sat 93-96 MPH with his fastball, averaging 94.5 MPH.  Inman pitched again on Thursday, going for the save in the ninth inning against Scottsdale.  He blew the save when Bryce Harper hit a walk off three run homer to center field.

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