The Pirates are playing in mid-October! Well, only some Pirates, and they're mostly minor leaguers, but hey. The Arizona Fall League began today. The Pirates' affiliate, the Grand Canyon Rafters, won 12-6. Brad Eldred went 1-for-2, Craig Stansberry went 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk, and Neil Walker went 1-for-5. Gaudy offensive numbers are the norm in the AFL, so adjust your expectations accordingly.
Dave Davidson, Jesse Chavez, Josh Shortslef and Brian Rogers are all also on the team, but none of them pitched today. The team also features Colorado's Joe Koshansky.