Arizona Fall League

AFL Recap: Tough Day at Plate For Hanson, Benedict Strong in Relief

AFL Recap: Tough Day at Plate For Hanson, Benedict Strong in Relief
John Dreker

After playing two night games to open the season against Salt River, the Scottsdale Scorpions moved on to Peoria for a day game Thursday. Scottsdale dropped their second straight game, losing 6-3 today. 

Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. He batted lead-off and played shortstop. Hanson struck out in his first AB, then reached on an error in the second inning. He would steal second and third, giving him three stolen bases on the young season. In the fourth, Hanson went down swinging again. In his fourth at-bat, he flew out to left field. In the ninth, Hanson went down swinging for the third time, this time on three pitches. After two games, he is 2-for-9, with two singles. Hanson handled all four chances in the field cleanly.

Matt Benedict came ...

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Arizona Fall League
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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