AFL: Dan Gamache Homers in One-Sided Loss
Oct09

AFL: Dan Gamache Homers in One-Sided Loss

Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup on Thursday in the Arizona Fall League, starting with Elias Diaz behind the plate and batting third. Josh Bell was the designated hitter again and he batted fifth for the third straight game. Dan Gamache moved from third base to second base and he batted ninth. Scottsdale got blown out in the game, losing 11-2 to Peoria, dropping them to 1-2 on the season. Diaz walked in his...

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AFL: Joely Rodriguez and Adrian Sampson Make Their Debuts
Oct09

AFL: Joely Rodriguez and Adrian Sampson Make Their Debuts

After Tyler Glasnow started the opener for Scottsdale on Tuesday and recorded just two outs, Joely Rodriguez started game two and had a better outing. Rodriguez lasted 2.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits, a walk and two strikeouts. He threw a total of 46 pitches, 27 for strikes. Scottsdale lost 6-3 on Wednesday to move to 1-1 on the season. Rodriguez gave up two singles in the first inning, but a double play helped him stay...

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AFL: Control Issues For Tyler Glasnow in Season Opener
Oct08

AFL: Control Issues For Tyler Glasnow in Season Opener

The opener of the Arizona Fall League had two big stories for the Pittsburgh Pirates, one we have heard before and one is new. Tyler Glasnow got the start and had command issues, getting knocked out in the first inning due to his pitch count. On the other side of things, Josh Bell played his first real game at first base. He had played a little in the Fall Instructional League before leaving for the AFL, but this is the first game...

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AFL Preview: Pirates Sending a Talented Group of Prospects
Oct05

AFL Preview: Pirates Sending a Talented Group of Prospects

The Arizona Fall League begins a 32-game schedule on Tuesday and the Pittsburgh Pirates are sending eight players to the league. It’s a talented group that will be playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions, alongside prospects from the Yankees, Mets, Phillies and Giants. The Pirates will send pitchers Tyler Glasnow, Nick Kingham, Adrian Sampson, Joely Rodriguez and Thomas Harlan; along with first baseman Josh Bell, catcher Elias Diaz...

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AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014
Oct03

AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014

Left-handed Pitcher Tom Harlan spent the first year and a half of his minor league career as a reliever, and was extremely efficient. At Low A West Virginia in 2013, Harlan had a 2.27 ERA in 74 innings to go along with an impressive 74/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2014, 24-year-old Harlan continued his success out of the bullpen in High A Bradenton, posting a 2.49 ERA with a 41/9 k/bb rate in 50.2 innings pitched. This success...

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AFL to be Used as a Testing Ground for Faster Games
Oct02

AFL to be Used as a Testing Ground for Faster Games

Major League Baseball has some ideas on how to speed up the game and they plan to try them out during the Arizona Fall League. The following rules will be in place when teams take the field for the AFL Opener on Tuesday: – Intentional walks can now just be called for by the manager with no pitches necessary. – Shorter breaks between innings, with the batters getting into the batter’s box within 1:45 of the previous...

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