AFL Recap: Dickerson Reaches Base Three Times in Loss

In game two of the Arizona Fall League schedule, Scottsdale lost 12-2 to Salt River, giving them their first loss. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup and another made an appearance out of the bullpen. arizona_fall_league_logo

Gift Ngoepe batted lead-off and played shortstop, while Alen Hanson was on the bench tonight. Hanson reached base three times in the season opener Tuesday night. In his first AB, Ngoepe lined out to center field. He struck out swinging in his second time up, then drew a one out walk in the sixth inning. In his last at bat, he grounded out to first base.

Alex Dickerson was in left field tonight after batting in the DH spot in the opener. He was hitting in the fifth spot for the second time. Dickerson doubled in his first AB tonight, his first AFL hit. He grounded out to lead-off the fifth inning, then drew a walk two innings later. One batter after the walk, Dickerson scored on a two-run homer. In his last AB, he singled on a line drive to left field.

Tyler Waldron came in to pitch the fourth inning for Scottsdale. He allowed a single to the first batter, but the runner was erased trying to stretch it into a double. Waldron struck out the second hitter, then issued a two out walk. After a stolen base, he allowed a single that scored a run. Waldron allowed another stolen base, then walked the next batter. He ended the inning with his second strikeout, giving up just the one run on two hits and two walks. Waldron needed 27 pitches to get through the inning, just 13 went for strikes.

John Dreker

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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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  • IC Bob

    Don’t know who the catcher is on that Scottsdale team but it appears teams are running at will on him. I hope its not a reflection on how the future Pirate pitchers hold runners.

    • John Dreker

      They used Andrew Susac in game one and he did throw out a runner after Taillon left, so he went 1-for-4. In game two, they used Cam Maron, who went 0-for-4 in throwing out runners and also had two passed balls. Maron threw out 27% of runners during the regular season and is at 23% during his five year career. Susac is a good throwing catcher, 40% this season in AA, 32% as a rookie in 2012.

  • NorCal Buc

    Maybe Alex Dickerson has a future in the bigs? But I would not count on him for a full time role in 2014 at PNC.

    Perhaps we re-sign Justin Morneau, and if Dickerson is ready by the trading deadline for a call-up, we could then trade Morneau back to an AL team to play their DH spot, or of course start at 1B

    • John Dreker

      After driving in just three runs in 117 PA’s batting mostly in the clean-up spot, I don’t think too many Pirates fans want to see Morneau as the starting first baseman next year. He is just a name at this point and likely one too expensive for what he provides

      • SteveW

        Yes, at this point there really is no difference between Morneau and Garrett Jones.