Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 AFL Season Recap

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...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Returns to Lineup

In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte returned to the lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game early. He went 1-for-5, with a single and three strikeouts. Marte has a .306/.393/.510 line, with seven walks and 14 strikeouts in 49 AB’s. It was a slow day for Pirates players in Winter Ball, just one game was played in the Dominican and the Australian Baseball League is still off until next Thursday. The Pirates players...

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AFL Recap: Season Finale

In Arizona Fall League action today, Scottsdale lost 3-2 against Peoria. The only Pirates player in the starting lineup today was Gift Ngoepe. He batted ninth and played shortstop. Ngoepe went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, stolen base and a strikeout. He came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with his team down by one, a man on first and one out. Ngoepe battled through a nine pitch AB, before grounding into a double play to...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Polanco Gets the Start

In Dominican League action yesterday, Gregory Polanco got the start in center field, batting seventh for Leones del Escogido. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout, while also being thrown out at second on a stolen base attempt. He has a .222/.222/.296 line in 27 AB’s, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Polanco got just his second start in the last nine days, replacing Starling Marte, who has been starting in center...

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AFL Recap: Waldron Throwing Strikes

In Arizona Fall League action tonight, Scottsdale won 8-2 over Mesa. Despite the win, Scottsdale was already eliminated from the playoff race earlier in the day when first place Salt River won their game. Adalberto Santos was the only Pirates player in the starting lineup tonight. He batted sixth and played second base. Santos went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored. His average now sits at .299 after 77 AB’s. The...

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