Tomorrow will mark Opening Day of the 20th season of the Arizona Fall League, which has the reputation of having a very wide collection of talent. This year, 24 of of MLB’s top 100 prospects will participate. The Pirates will be sending seven prospects of their own to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Black was selected by the Pirates in the supplemental first round (49th overall) of the 2009 Draft. He is coming off a very successful campaign for Double-A Altoona where he posted an 85:29 K:BB rate and 1.65 ERA over 60 innings. The 24-year-old right hander has great stuff as his fastball can reach the upper 90′s and has a very good slider to go along with that. He is eligible for the Rule V Draft this offseason and will need to be added to the 40-man roster if the Pirates want to protect him.
Cumpton was a ninth round pick by the Pirates in 2010 and has pitched fairly well in his three years in the system. The 23-year-old right hander started 27 games fo...