The Pittsburgh Pirates sent seven players to the Arizona Fall League this year -- three position players and four pitchers. Kyle Kaminska emerged as the star of the group among pitchers, while Adalberto Santos was the best among the hitters. There were no top prospects among the group this year, after the Pirates sent Gerrit Cole and Robbie Grossman to the AFL last year. Among the group that was selected to play last year, both Phil Irwin and Brock Holt had strong seasons this year. For Holt, it led to his first shot at the majors, while Phil Irwin was one of the top three choices for the Pirates Prospects Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Adalberto Santos was one of the highlights of the 2012 AFL season for the Pirates.
Adalberto Santos - Santos finished just shy of the .300 mark, with a .299/.413/.455 line in 77 at-bats. His OPS ranked him 18th in the league. He stole nine bases in ten attempts, just two behind the league leader in steals. Santos showed good patience...
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.