AFL: Thornton and Benedict Combine For Four Shutout Innings
Nov01

AFL: Thornton and Benedict Combine For Four Shutout Innings

On Friday afternoon, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost for the eighth straight time, going down 6-3 to Surprise. There weren’t any Pittsburgh Pirates players in the starting lineup, but a couple of their relievers sure made quite the impression in their two innings apiece.  Matt Benedict came out to pitch in the third inning. Surprise plays at a stadium with Pitch FX, so it gives you a more in depth recap of his outing. In the third...

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AFL: Alen Hanson’s Fielding Improves As Team Loses Again
Oct31

AFL: Alen Hanson’s Fielding Improves As Team Loses Again

The Scottsdale Scorpions lost again on Thursday, their seventh straight defeat. First place Mesa won 7-3 to move to 5.5 games ahead of Scottsdale, with 11 games left in the regular season.  Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Alen Hanson was at shortstop and batting lead-off, while Gift Ngoepe was his double play partner, batting ninth. In his first at bat, Alen Hanson popped out to third base. In the third...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop
Oct30

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop

In my opinion, shortstop is the hardest position to fill at the major league level. That’s probably not just my opinion. There’s a reason why teams don’t trade young shortstop talent. There’s a reason why guys like Yuniesky Betancourt get starting jobs in the majors. Shortstop is the hardest position to defend, requiring the most athleticism. Catcher might be tied, but catching requires skills completely...

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AFL: Two Hits For Hanson As Losing Streak Continues
Oct29

AFL: Two Hits For Hanson As Losing Streak Continues

On Tuesday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost for the fifth straight time, dropping a 3-2 decision to Peoria. It drops them to last place in their division and ties them with Peoria for the worst record in the AFL.  For just the third time, all three Pittsburgh Pirates position players were in the lineup at the same time. Alen Hanson batted lead-off and was at shortstop. His double play partner was...

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Alen Hanson Named to AFL Fall Stars Game
Oct28

Alen Hanson Named to AFL Fall Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League announced their “Fall Star Game” rosters, which is the new term for the former Rising Stars Game. Alen Hanson was named to the roster for the East Division, and is the only Pirates prospect who will be in the event. The selection is usually reserved for the top prospects in the league. Last year Vic Black was the lone representative of the Pirates. Gerrit Cole started the 2011 game, and Robbie...

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