The 2012 Arizona Fall League begins Tuesday, with the Scottsdale Scorpions playing their first game at 12:35 PM MST (3:35 PM EST). The Pittsburgh Pirates have seven players on the Scorpions this year. Matt Curry, Gift Ngoepe, and Adalberto Santos will represent the Pirates on the offensive side of the game, while Vic Black, Brandon Cumpton, Kyle Kaminska, and Tyler Waldron will all join the Scottsdale pitching staff.
The AFL is mostly filled with players from the AA and AAA levels, giving some valuable playing time to these prospects. It will be the first opportunity for Gift Ngoepe to play against upper level talent. The rest of the players will gain additional experience against the upper level talent. Here is what each player could afford to work on:
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