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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Pirates Name Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named their 2011 Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year today.  Altoona Curve right handed pitcher Kyle McPherson took the pitcher of the year award, while Bradenton Marauders outfielder Robbie Grossman was named the player of the year. Grossman hit .294 (144-for-490) with 34 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 56 RBI and 127 runs scored in 134 games while spending the entire 2011 season with High-A...

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Arizona Fall League Rosters Announced

The Arizona Fall League announced their rosters today, with two Pittsburgh Pirates being named to the Mesa Solar Sox.  Those players are Robbie Grossman and Brock Holt.  The Pirates are expected to name several other players to the AFL, and they can name up to four pitchers, so this list has yet to be completed. Grossman is obviously having a great year, and the AFL will be good experience for him against mostly upper level pitching....

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The Bradenton Marauders Offense – Is it the park or the players?

As we head into the final week of minor league baseball, the Bradenton Marauders hitters are comfortably leading the Florida State League in both batting average and OPS. They are also leading the league in runs scored and 3rd in homers. What I’m wondering though is if McKechnie Field is assisting in this offensive outburst or if the Marauders just have a great group of talented hitters.

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Robbie Grossman, Elevys Gonzalez Named Post Season All-Stars

The Bradenton Marauders will have two players on the Florida State League Post-Season All-Star team for the second straight year, as Robbie Grossman and Elevyz Gonzalez have been named to the team for the 2011 season. Grossman has really stepped up this year in high-A, with good all around numbers, including his lead over all of baseball in runs and all of Minor League Baseball in walks with 123 and 102 respectively.  He is also first...

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