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 players from the AA and AAA levels, giving some valuable playing time to these prospects.  For Cole, the playing time will be valuable, as it will allow him to get some innings, after sitting out since early June while waiting to sign.  For Cunningham, Grossman, and Baker, it will be their first opportunity to go against talent from the higher levels.  Hol...

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