Arizona Fall League Rundown After Week Two

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

-Robbie Grossman: .354/.426/.604, 3 HR, 48 at-bats

Grossman homered this week, and started every game.  He leads the AFL in games played with 11, and also leads the league in hits with 17, and total bases, with 29.  Grossman’s home run yesterday tied him for second in the league with three total.

-Jarek Cunningham: .172/.265/.310, 1 HR, 29 at-bats

Cunningham hasn’t been hitting much, although one bright side is that his K/BB ratio hasn’t been bad.  His strikeout rate in 29 at-bats is 13.8%, which is considerably lower than his 26.5% rate in high-A in 2011.  It’s a small sample size, but that’s definitely something to watch.

-Brock Holt: No stats.

Holt has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, but traveled to Arizona this week, and should start seeing some action soon.

Cole made his first AFL start this week.

-Gerrit Cole: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Cole made his AFL debut on Friday, starting out with two shutout innings, before getting touched up for three runs in the third inning.  He was working in the 93-100 MPH range, touching 100 twice, and mostly sitting in the upper 90s.  Check out the photos and video from his start.

-Michael Colla: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Colla has made three appearances, all in relief.  He got a save this week, closing out a win for teammate Nathan Baker.  Colla threw mostly fastballs, and was sitting 90-91 MPH.

-Nathan Baker: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Baker picked up a win this week after two shutout innings in relief.  He threw 29 pitches, 17 for strikes, and was ranging 90-93 MPH with his fastball, averaging 92.

-Phillip Irwin: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

Irwin didn’t pitch this week, and has left Arizona, returning to Bradenton due to tightness in his right forearm.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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