The Arizona Fall League wrapped up play on Saturday with the Surprise Saguaros losing 6-1 to Mesa in the championship game. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent seven players to the AFL and had mixed results from their group, with strong seasons from Eric Wood on offense and Edgar Santana out of the bullpen leading the way. We had live coverage of the AFL during the first week of November and you can find an article on each player from that coverage in the recaps below.
The best hitter for the Pirates was Eric Wood, who was one of the best hitters in the league. He finished sixth in average with a .330 mark, while his .876 OPS ranked eighth. Wood also finished second with 29 hits and drove in 20 runs, which led the league. He was one of six finalists for the league MVP award. Despite his success...
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