The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending five players to the Arizona Fall League, led by top infield prospect Alen Hanson. The players are:
Zack Thornton, RHP - Thornton was acquired for Chris Resop, and has spent time with Indianapolis, Altoona, and Bradenton. In his time with Altoona he has a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings, with an 11.3 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9 ratio. Those are some dominant numbers, and he has the chance to be a sleeper middle reliever in the majors one day. He's 25 years old, so that makes you look at his numbers with a grain of salt.
Tyler Waldron, RHP - The Pirates have liked Waldron as a starting pitcher, but I see him more as a reliever if he ever makes the majors. This is the second time Waldron has gone to the AFL, and he will probably throw in relief again. He's a sinkerball pitcher who doesn't post dominant strikeout numbers, and has had some control issues, limiting his upside.
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