• Gerrit Cole Getting More Strasburg Comparisons

    One scout in the AFL said that Cole's fastball is better than Stephen Strasburg's. Most of the hype coming out of the Arizona Fall League for Pittsburgh Pirates prospects has been dominated by Robbie Grossman.  The outfield prospect is either leading, or is in the top five of every offensive category, posting...

  • Arizona Fall League Recap 11/2

    The Mesa Solar Sox lost 11-8 to Phoenix today.  Robbie Grossman started in right field, batting leadoff.  He went 1-for-5 with an RBI.  Brock Holt started at second base, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Mesa plays Phoenix tomorrow at 3:35 PM EST.... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers...

  • AFL Recap 11/1: Three Hit Day For Grossman

    The Mesa Solar Sox lost 7-5 to Surprise today.  Robbie Grossman went 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and his fifth stolen base of the season.  Grossman now has a .385/.486/.637 line in 91 at-bats during the AFL season.  Jarek Cunningham went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI on a...

  • Two Pirates Prospects Are AFL Rising Stars

    The Arizona Fall League will hold their Rising Stars game on Saturday at 7:15 PM EST on the MLB Network.  The league announced the rosters today, with two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects making the team.  As expected, Gerrit Cole is one of those players.  We heard last week that Cole would make the...

  • AFL Recap 10/31: Gerrit Cole Makes His Fourth Start

    The Mesa Solar Sox won 3-1 today against Phoenix, with the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospects combining for six strong innings.  They were led by Gerrit Cole, who made his third start of the season.  Cole pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  The one...

  • Arizona Fall League Rundown After Week Four

    The Arizona Fall League wrapped up their fourth week of action.  Here is how the Pirates prospects have done so far: -Robbie Grossman: .381/.480/.655, 6 HR, 84 at-bats Grossman is in a three way tie to lead the league in homers.  He currently leads the league in games played (21), at-bats (84),...

  • AFL Recap 10/29: Grossman Gets Two Hits

    The Mesa Solar Sox won 8-5, led in part by a two hit day from Robbie Grossman.  Grossman went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and an RBI.  He also stole his fourth base of the AFL season.  Brock Holt started at second base, going 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base,...

  • Gerrit Cole to Start the AFL Rising Stars Game

    Gerrit Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, and the top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates' system, will start the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars game, which takes place on November 5th.  The game will be broadcast on the MLB Network, with Cole going up against left handed pitcher and...

  • AFL Recap 10/28: Mesa Wins 10-3

    The Mesa Solar Sox won 10-3 against Peoria today, although the two Pirates prospects that played didn't factor in to the victory.  Robbie Grossman returned to action after a day off, and went 1-for-4 with a double and two walks.  Grossman now has a .370 average and a 1.111 OPS, with a...

  • AFL Recap 10/27: Inman Gives Up Walk Off HR to Harper

    The Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-7 to Scottsdale after a walk off homer from Bryce Harper off of Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jeff Inman.  Inman, pitching in his second game in three days, came on to get the save for Mesa in the bottom of the ninth, up 7-5.  He gave up a...

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