The Pittsburgh Pirates will be sending five players to the Arizona Fall League this off-season. The five players selected this year are Adalberto Santos, Gift Ngoepe, Matt Curry, Brandon Cumpton and Tyler Waldron.
Santos has put up an impressive season, hitting for a .344/.433/.439 line in 212 at-bats with Altoona. The 2010 22nd round pick missed some time with an injury this year, but was hitting before the injury and didn't stop after the injury. Most of his numbers have been him hitting for average, with very little power, so despite the impressive stat line he still profiles as a utility guy for now. But the fact that he's been selected for the AFL shows that the Pirates think of him as a legit prospect.
Ngoepe has been a great story. The expectations were low after he was signed...
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