Prospect Notebook: Baker’s Fastball Command, Welker’s Control

Nathan Baker was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He spent the last two years in A-ball, playing in high-A during the 2011 season. This year Baker will be making the jump to the Double-A level, starting in the Altoona rotation. The Pirates sent Baker to the Arizona Fall League over the off-season to give him some experience against upper level hitting. The left-hander had some inconsistent...

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Pittsburgh Pirates AFL Pitch F/X Data

One of the benefits of the Arizona Fall League is that two of the six parks have Pitch F/X data, which allows us to get some accurate radar readings of how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are throwing.  This year we didn’t see everyone in a Pitch F/X park, with the big omission being top prospect Gerrit Cole.  That wasn’t a huge loss, since we were provided with a lot of radar readings from Cole throughout the year, with...

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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 11/15: 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 Rundown After Week Six

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up their sixth week of action.  Here is how the Pirates prospects have done so far: -Robbie Grossman: .375/.472/.625, 7 HR, 104 at-bats Grossman played in one game this week before going down with a broken hamate bone.  He will undergo surgery to repair the injury, which will sideline him for the remainder of the AFL season. -Jarek Cunningham: .235/.293/.420, 3 HR, 81 at-bats Cunningham played in three...

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