AFL Recap: Santos Has Three Hit Day

The Scottsdale Scorpions tied the Phoenix Desert Dogs 8-8 in 10 innings today. Here are the results for the Pirates prospects.

**Adalberto Santos went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a stolen base.

**Matt Curry went 0-for-5.

**Vic Black had a rough outing, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks, while getting one out. Black threw 25 pitches, with 13 strikes. He left the game with three men on base, and two of them scored.

**Brandon Cumpton threw two shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out one. Cumpton threw 26 pitches, with 17 going for strikes.

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IC Bob

I watched Santos in the Az. League a couple of weeks ago at 2B. The ball jumps off his bat but he is one of the worst Defensive players I have seen at a high level. He has a really weak and inaccurate arm and every play (which he made them all this day) look extremely difficult even when they were hit right at him. he snow coned 2 GBs and all of his throws were weak and well off the bag. Their is hope but nothing is natural here. Its going to take a tremendous amount of work before he has a shot at Pitt.. I did love his bat speed and the way the ball came off his bat. Currys bat looked really slow. Gif looked smooth at short but somewhat over matched at the played though he did generate good bat speed. None of the pitchers threw while I was their. what I took away from this is none of these guys will likely have an impact in Pittsburgh.


Crumpton has proven his worth since being drafted in the 9th Round out of Georgia Tech a few years ago. An innings-eater who keeps the ball down, he had 160 IP in AA this year – 27 starts, 12-11, 3.84 ERA, .232 Average Aagainst. Still only 23, he will probably start at AAA and could be a mid-year possibility in 2013 either as a SP or a RP.

Hard not to like Santos, drafted in the 22nd Round the same year as Crumpton. Strong bat, great patience/OBP, but no real position. Played middle infield in college, OF so far in the minors.

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