Arizona Fall League

Arizona Fall League Preview: Pirates are Sending a Solid Group of Prospects This Year

Mitch Keller, pictured here during an instructional league last week, is one of the top prospects in the AFL. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Arizona Fall League Preview: Pirates are Sending a Solid Group of Prospects This Year
John Dreker

The Arizona Fall League begins play tomorrow afternoon. The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending seven players to the league, four starting pitchers and three position players. The group that they are sending this year is one of the better ones for prospects. Below you'll find a preview of the players being sent, how the league works (including a new rule this season) and our schedule of coverage.
The Players
The Pirates selected a strong group of players this year, although one of the better prospects isn't expected to play. Mitch Keller is one of the top prospects in the entire AFL this year. He's going there to make up for some lost innings and work on his changeup in game situations against strong competition. Keller is going to be a big focus of the coverage because he will draw the most ...

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Arizona Fall League
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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