The Fall Instructional Leagues ("instructs") will start at the end of this month, starting on September 17th and ending October 19th. Instructs is a time for the minor league players to review their 2012 seasons, add new pitches, refine old pitches, or add new positions on the field. It's also a chance to get extra playing time, with games taking place against other teams, similar to minor league Spring Training. The games are structured, with the ability to end innings early if a pitcher reaches his pitch count, which makes them unlike most fall and winter leagues. That can be beneficial for pitchers working on a certain aspect of their game, as they don't have to worry about shortened outings, or long innings.
Below is the 2012 instructs roster, which Pirates Prospects received this m...
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