AFL Recap: Ngoepe Helps Scottsdale to 5-1 Victory
Oct22

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.  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...

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2013 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct21

2013 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The Bradenton Marauders started the 2013 season as one of the most exciting teams to follow in the system. That was largely due to the presence of the top two hitting prospects in the system — Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson — and one of the top pitching prospects in Nick Kingham. By mid-season, Polanco and Kingham were promoted to Altoona, and Hanson was soon to follow. What remained was a roster filled with talented...

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AFL Recap: Three Shutout Innings for Irwin, Walk-Off Hit for Dickerson
Oct19

AFL Recap: Three Shutout Innings for Irwin, Walk-Off Hit for Dickerson

Scottsdale needed extra innings to defeat Glendale 2-1 tonight and it was a Pittsburgh Pirates player providing the walk-off dramatics in the tenth inning. The Scorpions are now 3-6 on the year. The bigger news from this game is that Phil Irwin returned to action for the first time since May 2nd. He pitched just three games this season, one for the Pirates. He injured his elbow and needed surgery, causing him to miss the rest of the...

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2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct18

2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn’t start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by...

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AFL Recap: Alex Dickerson and Gift Ngoepe Double in Loss
Oct15

AFL Recap: Alex Dickerson and Gift Ngoepe Double in Loss

Mesa knocked off Scottsdale for the second straight day, winning on Tuesday afternoon by a 7-4 score. It was the fifth straight loss for the Scorpions, who used five different Pirates players today. At the plate, Scottsdale continued to have trouble making contact, following up a 17 strikeout game on Friday, with 15 strikeouts on Tuesday. For the first time, three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Alen Hanson was...

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