The Arizona Fall League begins play on Tuesday. We will have daily recaps from the league during the six-week season, as well as live coverage in November. The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending a talented group of prospects to the league, especially on the pitching side.
Before the Altoona season ended with their Eastern League championship win, Sean McCool was able to talk to four of the Curve players about the AFL and what they planned to work on during the league, as well as their thoughts on being selected for the league. One of those players was shortstop Cole Tucker, who was replaced on the roster by second baseman Mitchell Tolman. That switch happened because Tucker wasn't going to be ready for the league until the second half due to the hand injury he suffered during the playoffs.
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