• AFL Recap 10/14: Gerrit Cole’s Debut

    Cole made his AFL debut today. Gerrit Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, made his Arizona Fall League debut this afternoon against the Surprise Saguaros.   Cole started off strong, with two shutout innings, but fell apart in the third, finishing with three runs allowed...

  • Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/13 With PITCHf/x Data

    The Mesa Solar Sox won 6-3 today, with four Pirates prospects playing a big part in the win. Robbie Grossman bounced back from his 0-for-4 performance yesterday, going 3-for-5 with a double and a walk today.  Grossman got his hits in his first three at-bats, including two singles off of 2011 first...

  • Gerrit Cole Makes His AFL Debut Tomorrow

    Jonathan Mayo reports that Gerrit Cole will make his Arizona Fall League debut Friday for the Mesa Solar Sox.  The Pittsburgh Pirates held Cole back in the instructional leagues to make a few more starts before sending him to the AFL.  He arrived in Arizona earlier this week, and is listed as...

  • Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/12

    The Mesa Solar Sox lost 6-2 to Peoria today.  Robbie Grossman started as the designated hitter, batting leadoff.  It was the first game that he didn't play in the field in the eight game AFL season. Grossman went 0-for-4, which was his second game without a hit.  Jarek Cunningham started at second...

  • Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/11

    The Mesa Solar Sox won 3-2 today against the Scottsdale Scorpions.  Robbie Grossman was the only Pirates prospect to play this afternoon, going 1-for-4 out of the leadoff position.  Grossman, who is hitting for a .323 average, now has a hit in six of seven games he has played in.  Aside from...

  • Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/10

    The Mesa Solar Sox lost 4-3 to the Scottsdale Scorpions. Robbie Grossman started in right field and batted leadoff.  Grossman went 2-for-5 with an RBI.  His hits came in his first two at-bats of the game.  Grossman has played in all six Mesa games, and has a hit in five of those...

  • Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/8

    The Mesa Solar Sox lost 5-4 to Salt River tonight, giving up runs in each of the final three innings to lose a two run lead. Nathan Baker got the start, making his Arizona Fall League debut.  Baker pitched 2.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and three...

  • Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/7

    The Mesa Solar Sox lost 4-3 to Salt River today, giving up the losing run in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Robbie Grossman extended his hitting streak to four games, going 1-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI.  Jarek Cunningham got his first hit of the AFL season, hitting a...

  • Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/6

    The Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-7 to the Surprise Saguaros today.  Robbie Grossman made his third start in as many games, batting third this time around, rather than leadoff.  Grossman went 1-for-4 on the day with a double, a walk, and a strikeout.  Grossman has recorded a hit in each of his...

  • Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/5

    For the second time in as many games, Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Robbie Grossman homered, going 3-for-5 in the second game of the season.  His solo homer was in his first at-bat of the game, and according to Keith Law, it was a loud shot that came opposite field on a 94 MPH...

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