Cumpton Throws Seven Strong Innings, Cunningham Returns From DL in Altoona Win

ALTOONA, Pa. – Right-hander Brandon Cumpton has been solid in his first year at the Double-A level. His last trip to the mound on Saturday in Erie, Cumpton allowed five earned runs for the first time since April 7, his first start of the season. In the six starts between, Cumpton hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs. Cumpton had another strong start tonight. He allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings. He...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Fall League Recap

The Mesa Solar Sox finished their Arizona Fall League season yesterday. Robbie Grossman: .375/.472/.625, 7 HR, 104 at-bats Following his breakout season in the Florida State League in 2011, Grossman was impressive in the AFL.  He hit seven homers in 104 at-bats, after hitting 13 in 490 during the 2011 regular season.  Grossman broke his hamate bone at the end of the season, but still finished near the top of the leader boards in...

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AFL Recap 11/17: Final Game of the Season

The Mesa Solar Sox played their final game of the 2011 Arizona Fall League season, winning 6-2 against Scottsdale.  Jarek Cunningham started, going 1-for-3 with a run.  Jeff Inman pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.

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AFL Recap 11/15: Nathan Baker Pitch F/X Breakdown

Nathan Baker has had a rough time lately in the Arizona Fall League.  His previous two outings saw him allow eight earned runs in three innings.  Coming in to today’s game, he had given up 15 earned runs in 13.1 innings, giving up two runs in one inning on three separate occasions prior to his recent two game blowup.  Baker had much better results for the Mesa Solar Sox last night, throwing two shutout innings.  The left hander...

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Arizona Fall League Recap 11/14

The Mesa Solar Sox lost 4-2 to Peoria today.  Jarek Cunningham was the only Pittsburgh Pirates hitting prospect who played, going 0-for-4 with one strikeout.  Michael Colla pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Colla now has a 4.20 ERA on the season in 15 innings, but does have a 10:10 K/BB ratio, with walks being an issue throughout the season.

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