Here's a roundup of the Pirates' performances in the Arizona Fall League. (Here, again, are their statisics.) Actually, none of the Pirates are doing anything too exciting, unless Mike Connolly's 3.86 ERA in 2 1/3 innings thrills you. Brad Eldred is hitting .300/.382/.533, but that's probably only about average against AFL pitching. Matt Peterson continues to be a complete mess.
Here's a neat article on Neil Walker, Seattle's Jeff Clement and Atlanta's Jarrod Saltalamacchia. An unnamed scout thinks Walker will be fine behind the plate, and Walker explains his defensive troubles by pointing out how hard it is to catch Class A pitchers, whose velocity is often major-league level but whose control is not:
"But out here it's much easier to catch and receive because these guys are around the plate. If they make a mistake, it's not a 50-foot fastball in the dirt so it's easier to stay focused and concentrate."