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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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 strikeouts.  Baker allowed a single in each of the first two innings, but escaped without any other damage.  After leading off the third with a strikeout, the left...

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Arizona Fall League Begins Today

The 2011 Arizona Fall League begins today, with the Mesa Solar Sox playing their first game at 12:35 PM MST (3:35 PM EST).  The Pittsburgh Pirates have seven players on the Solar Sox this year.  Jarek Cunningham, Brock Holt, and Robbie Grossman will represent the Pirates on the offensive side of the game, while Gerrit Cole, Nathan Baker, Michael Colla, and Phil Irwin will all join the Mesa pitching staff. The AFL is mostly filled with...

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Four More Pirates Prospects Heading to the AFL

Four more Pittsburgh Pirates prospects have been added to the Mesa Solar Sox roster in the Arizona Fall League this year.  At the end of last month we heard that Robbie Grossman and Brock Holt were heading to the AFL.  Joining them will be left hander Nathan Baker, right handers Mike Colla and Phillip Irwin, and second baseman Jarek Cunningham. Baker had a 3.34 ERA in 148.1 innings in high-A Bradenton this year, with a 6.4 K/9 and a...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Nathan Baker

Nathan Baker was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates went heavy on prep pitchers in the 2009 draft, but Baker was the only college pitcher selected in the top ten, outside of first round supplemental pick Victor Black.  While surrounding prep pitchers Zack Dodson (4th round), Zack Von Rosenberg (6th), Trent Stevenson (7th), and Colton Cain (8th) received over-slot deals, Baker signed...

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