AFL Recap: Santos Drives in Three Runs

In Arizona Fall League action today, Scottsdale won 13-6, with Adalberto Santos leading the way among Pirates players with three RBI’s.

Two Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Matt Curry batted cleanup and played first base. He went 3-for-5 with three singles, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Santos started in left field and hit sixth. He hit an RBI single in the first inning to give Scottsdale and early 3-0 lead. They would stretch that lead to 7-0 before the top of the first inning was over. Santos drove in another two runs in the eighth inning with a bases loaded double. He finished the game going 2-for-5, raising his average to .297

Victor Black pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit and he struck out two batters. He threw 16 pitches, ten for strikes. Black’s ERA now stands at 13.03 after 11 appearances, spanning 9.2 innings pitched.

There are just two games left in the AFL regular season. Scottsdale with the win today over first place Salt River, moved within 1.5 games of first place. If they can overtake Salt River for first place in the next two days, they will participate in the championship game on Saturday.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Ian Rothermund

    I wish that non-prospect Santos would just give it up already. I mean, who does he think he’s impressing?

    • jalcorn

      AFL stats count for what?

      Didn’t Grossman lead the whole league last year only to be traded an not even make the Astros top 15 prospects?

      Look, I like Santos, I like all Pirates prospects, I want them to do well. I just was taken back by you putting him in the MLB OF like he’s a sure thing. I’ve been following the Pirates minor league system since Tim was in diapers. The one thing that is absolutely true is that minor league stats are meaningless without plus tools and age appropriate levels.

      • Ian Rothermund

        I’m just interested to see how he does in AAA this coming year. I don’t see his age as being all that much of a negative factor considering he’s out of college, and it appears as though the Pirates organization has treated him with kid’s gloves since he came in. OPS above .850 in State College, Bradenton, then finally Altoona this year. Granted, he has about 0 HR potential, but at which point do stats become relevant? The only things that have seemed to slow him down in his progression through the minor league system has been the organization and his injury last year.

        I realize so much is invested in “potential,” and that this is a very, what have you done for me lately business, but what’s he’s done lately (and for the last 3 years) is get hits, get on base, not strike out, and steal enough bases to get by.

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