AFL Recap: Ngoepe Helps Scottsdale to 5-1 Victory

After starting the season with a 1-5 record, the Scottsdale Scorpions evened their record at 6-6 with a 5-1 win on the road against Glendale on Tuesday afternoon. arizona_fall_league_logo

Gift Ngoepe was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and the only one to get into the game. He batted lead-off and played shortstop. Ngoepe got Scottsdale on the board in the top of the first inning. He singled up the middle, then stole second base. He came around to score the first run of the game on a one out single.

Ngoepe led off the third inning, coming up with the score tied at one apiece. He flew out to center field on a 3-1 pitch. In his third AB, he popped out to shortstop. In the seventh inning, Ngoepe went down swinging for the final out.

In the ninth inning, he came up with runners on first and second, no outs and his team had a 3-1 lead. The runners both moved up into scoring position after a passed ball. Ngoepe drew a five pitch walk to load the bases. After a sacrifice fly, he picked up his second stolen base and moved to third base on an errant throw, but was stranded there.

He finished the game 1-for-4, with a walk, two stolen bases and run scored. Ngoepe is 2-for-18 at the plate during his time in the AFL. In the field, he handled both chances he had cleanly. He has not made an error in his five starts.

Alen Hanson had off today on his 21st birthday. He is the youngest position player on Scottsdale.

John Dreker

Author: 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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  • https://www.facebook.com/scott.skink Scott Skink

    I sure hope Gift learns how to hit because he seems like a fun guy to watch in the field and root for.

  • CalipariFan506

    I know you guys don’t like to do comparissons, but it Gift to Pedro Ciriaco a good one?

    I’ve always felt we should have kept him over Josh Harrison because he excels at things I prefer to see with a bench player compared to J-Hay.

    • John Dreker

      That is a decent comp, both excel on defense and have above average speed, plus lack power or good K/BB ratios. I really think the Pirates would be lucky to get a bench player out of Ngoepe. He probably will never hit enough to make the majors for an extended time, but his defense and speed could get him there in a bench role. He can still be considered raw, just don’t know if he has enough improvement in him to make the majors.