Alen Hanson is eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.

AFL: Alen Hanson Picks Up RBI in Scottsdale’s Loss

The Scottsdale Scorpions dropped their third straight game on Saturday, losing 5-2 to Glendale. They are now 7-9 on the season and they have reached the halfway point of the Arizona Fall League. Scottsdale is off tomorrow. arizona_fall_league_logo

Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup on Saturday. Alen Hanson was in at shortstop and batting lead-off. He grounded out to shortstop on the fifth pitch he saw of his first AB. Hanson has been asked to bunt often and on an 0-1 pitch, he was unable to get a bunt down. In his second AB, Hanson came up with two runners in scoring position and his team was down by two runs. With one out, he lifted a fly ball to center field, deep enough to bring home the first run for Scottsdale.

In his third time up, Hanson flew out to center field. He then popped out to shortstop for the last out of the eighth inning. After having significant trouble in the field early in the AFL season, Hanson had now gone six games without an error.

Alex Dickerson was batting fourth and in left field. He came into the day with an eight game hitting streak, going 12-for-31 over that stretch. He came up empty in his first AB, striking out swinging. In the fourth inning, Dickerson grounded into a double play. He also grounded out in his third AB, this time leading off the seventh inning. Dickerson had one last chance in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak, but he ended up drawing a seven pitch walk.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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