Pittsburgh Pirates: Arizona Fall League Week 2

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have seen their prospects play in two weeks so far out in the Arizona Fall League.  Here is how they are doing so far.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have several prospects playing this year in the Arizona Fall League.  On the offense side of things, the Pittsburgh Pirates have Cole Tucker, Bryan Reynolds, and Will Craig.  Meanwhile, on the pitching side of things, the team has four pitchers on the staff including Dario Agrazal, Geoff Hartlieb, Blake Weiman, and Matt Eckelman.  The Surprise Saguaros have played 10 games so far this year.

Cole Tucker is by far the biggest name in terms of prospect status for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  So far Tucker has belted eight hits across his 26 at-bats for a .308 batting average. To go along with his .308 batting average he has slugged the ball at a .385 clip and possesses a .406 on-base percentage.  He has two extra-base hits, both being doubles, six runs scored, and seven runs batted in.  Meanwhile, he has only struck out three times, has walked five times, and has five stolen bases.

The Pittsburgh Pirates got one prospect back in the Andrew McCutchen trade.  That prospect was outfielder Bryan Reynolds.  Reynolds has appeared in five games and has posted just 14 at-bats.  So far, he just has two hits in those 14 at-bats and is batting and slugging just .143.  However, he is getting on-base a lot posting a .409 on-base percentage.  This is mainly because he has walked six times.  Still, the right field prospects needs to start showing off why the Pittsburgh Pirates made him the centerpiece of the Cutch deal.

The last offensive player taking place in the Arizona Fall League is Will Craig.  The Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 first round pick has posted a .231/.286/.346 slash line.  Craig has obtained 26 at-bats so far through his first seven games. He has put together six hits through those 26 at-bats, but has struck out eight times along with only one walk.  So far he has hit just one home run as his only extra-base hit.

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospects have not performed very well in their limited action.  Dario Agrazal still has not thrown since the opening game of the Arizona Fall League.  He still has an ERA of 9.00 in his five innings of work.  Meanwhile, Geoff Hartlieb has pitched the most of the crew.  So far he has relieved in four games with 6.1 innings.  His ERA through those innings is 4.26 with three earned runs given up.

Blake Weiman has pitched the best out of the Pittsburgh Pirates prospects. The 2017 draft pick has a 1.80 ERA in five games which has included five innings.  The lefty has four strikeouts and has yet to walk anyone.  The last pitcher is Matt Eckelman, and he has not thrown very well.  So far the righty has pitched three innings and has given up five earned runs for an ERA of 15.00.

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The Surprise Saguaros now have a record of 5-5.  This gives them a second place spot in their division so far.  The team will take on Salt River Rafters at 12:35.