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Arizona Fall League Update

The Pirates have seven players with Surprise in the AFL.  It's not quite as interesting a contingent as it was slated to be originally.  Austin Meadows and Dovydas Neverauskas were dropped, Meadows because of an injury suffered on the last day of Indianapolis' season, Neverauskas because of his arrest in a Toledo bar.  Still, there are several players who could be options for the major league team in the fairly near term.

Two of them, third baseman Eric Wood and catcher Jin-De Jhang, are eligible for the Rule 5 draft and may be auditioning for 40-man roster spots.  Both are in the AFL's top five in batting average.  Wood has been seeing time in left field, mainly due to the presence of Connor Joe on the team.  Through thirteen games, of which he's played in nine, Wood has been the team's best hitter.  He's posted a 400/462/600 line, with two HRs.  Jhang has also been one of the team's best hitters, with a 400/429/500 line, and he's drawn praise from a former scout for his defense.  (it'd be pretty funny if Jhang ended up with a better major league career than Reese McGuire.)  Joe is hitting 211/400/368 in six games.  He doesn't have the AA experience of the other two, so it's not surprising they'd be hitting better.

Of the four pitchers the Pirates have in the AFL, Edgar Santana is the most interesting and is having the most success.  Through six and two-thirds innings, he's allowed no runs, seven hits, and no walks.  He's struck out ten.  Santana signed at a relatively late age (nearly 22) out of the Dominican, but made it to AAA in just his third pro season.  He could be a bullpen option in 2017, even early in the season.  Alex McRae, who finished the year in AA, has a 3.86 ERA in seven innings.  He's allowed seven hits and two walks, and struck out four.  Tanner Anderson has a 5.23 ERA in three starts, with a 1.35 WHIP.  Montana DuRapau has struggled, with an ERA of 11.25 and WHIP of 2.50 in four innings.