Last year the Pirates sent two of their top prospects to the Arizona Fall League. Gerrit Cole was the best prospect in the system, and Robbie Grossman was one of the top ten prospects in the system, and the third best hitting prospect at the time. The combination gave something to look forward to with every AFL game recap. It's not that the 2012 group doesn't have interesting prospects, but the group doesn't have anyone in the Cole/Grossman class.

One of the more exciting players to follow has been Vic Black. The reliever posted a 1.65 ERA in 60 innings in Altoona this year, with an 85:29 K/BB ratio. Black was taken in the compensation round of the 2009 draft and has dealt with injuries the last few years, but finally had a healthy season in 2012 and started to emerge as the potential l...

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