AFL Recap 10/14: Gerrit Cole’s Debut

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 on three hits in 2.1 innings, along with a walk and two strikeouts. Cole started off the game with three ground outs in the first inning.  He ranged from 93-100...

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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 rounder Danny Hultzen.  On the season, Grossman has a .325 average with an .869 OPS.  Keith Law held a chat today and was asked about...

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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 the probable starter for tomorrow’s game.

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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 base, and went 0-for-2 with two walks.  Cunningham is 2-for-19 on the season, but has a 4:4 K/BB ratio, which is encouraging....

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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 his average, he has a strong .912 OPS, thanks to a double and two homers.  He’s also started every game in the week old season. Mesa plays...

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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 six games, with a .333 average in 27 at-bats. Jarek Cunningham started at second base, going 0-for-2 with a walk, and an RBI on a sacrifice fly.  Cunningham...

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