Bucs finalize AFL roster
The Pirates have finalized their Arizona Fall League roster and will be sending pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brian Leach and Justin Wilson to play for the Mesa Solar Sox next month.
The organization’s participating position players – catcher Tony Sanchez, infielders Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer, and outfielder Andrew Lambo - had already been previously announced.
Pirates director of player development Kyle Stark said that only one of the three pitchers (likely Wilson) will be a starter for the Solar Sox, though there is no need to read anything into that decision. The organization has targeted innings counts that they don’t want their pitchers to exceed, and there are only so many starting spots available.
Wilson is coming off a strong end to his season, as he recently helped Double-A Altoona capture the Eastern League Championship title. Wilson, the Pirates’ fifth-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, pitched 13 scoreless innings in the playoffs.
The left-hander went 11-8 with a 3.09 ERA in 27 regular season appearances (26 starts). He struck out 134 but walked 71 in 142 2/3 innings.
Pribanic and Leach both spent the year pitching in Class A Bradenton’s rotation. Pribanic, who was acquired from the Mariners in the Jack Wilson trade last year, finished 7-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 27 starts. A 25th-round pick in 2008, Leach posted a 3.85 ERA and 9-9 record in 27 games (25 starts).
AFL action begins on October 12.
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