Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?
Nov05

Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

In two weeks and one day, on November 20th, MLB teams will have to submit their 40-man rosters, complete with players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I’ve posted the players who are eligible before, and you should know the rules if you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time. If not, here is a quick refresher on when players become eligible. **If a player was 18 or younger in the year he was signed, he...

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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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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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AFL: Waldron Gives Up Two Runs In Loss
Oct26

AFL: Waldron Gives Up Two Runs In Loss

On Friday night in Arizona Fall League action, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost 3-1 to Surprise, dropping their record to 7-8 and putting them 3.5 games back of the division leading Mesa Solar Sox. Gift Ngoepe was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. He batted ninth and was at second base. He came into the game just 2-for-22 on the season. In his first AB in the third inning, Ngoepe came up with a man on first and...

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AFL: Alen Hanson Homers In Loss, Phil Irwin Struggles
Oct24

AFL: Alen Hanson Homers In Loss, Phil Irwin Struggles

The Scottsdale Scorpions lost to Mesa today by a 7-4 score, dropping their record to 7-7 on the season. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Phil Irwin was the starter and Zack Thornton came out of the bullpen. Irwin ended up taking the loss. Alen Hanson was batting second and came up in the first inning with a man on first. He quickly made the score 2-0, belting his first homer of the AFL season. In his...

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