AFL: Thomas Harlan Struggles With Control in One-Sided Loss
Oct22

AFL: Thomas Harlan Struggles With Control in One-Sided Loss

On Wednesday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Thomas Harlan took the mound, with Josh Bell and Dan Gamache both in the lineup for Scottsdale. The Scorpions went down 6-0 early, as Harlan struggled and they ended up losing 9-3 to drop them to 7-7 on the season. Harlan allowed a single to the lead-off batter. After a fly out to center field, he gave up a stolen base, followed by an RBI single. Harlan got the clean-up hitter to fly...

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AFL: Josh Bell Picks Up Key Hit in Scottsdale’s Comeback Win
Oct21

AFL: Josh Bell Picks Up Key Hit in Scottsdale’s Comeback Win

On Tuesday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Josh Bell was the only Pirates player in the starting lineup for Scottsdale. On the road against Glendale, the Scorpions were getting no-hit through six innings, but ended up winning 7-6, with Adrian Sampson getting the save. Bell was in the designated hitter spot and walked on four pitches in his first plate appearance. The walk was his second of the season. In the fourth inning, he...

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2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base
Oct21

2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been relying on a platoon at first base, trying to get All-Star production for a fraction of the price. Each year the platoon has struggled due to one player in the duo playing below his career average platoon splits. This year, everyone in the platoon struggled. The Pirates started the season with Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez. Ishikawa won the job out of Spring Training, after...

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AFL: Joely Rodriguez Throws Four Shutout Innings, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times
Oct21

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Throws Four Shutout Innings, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times

Joely Rodriguez got the start on Monday night for Scottsdale, coming off three shutout innings his last time out. He did even better this time out, throwing four shutout innings. Three Pirates were in the starting lineup as Scottsdale won 7-3 to move to 6-6 on the season. Rodriguez gave up a single to the first batter, then immediately erased him on a pick-off. He struck out the next hitter, then got a fly ball to center field on the...

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AFL: Three Pirates Pitchers Combine For Six Shutout Innings
Oct18

AFL: Three Pirates Pitchers Combine For Six Shutout Innings

The Scottsdale Scorpions sent Tyler Glasnow to the mound on Saturday afternoon, going up against Peoria, who was throwing Kyle Zimmer out there as his mound opponent. Recent scouting reports on the AFL, called Glasnow and Zimmer the two best looking pitchers in the league. Zimmer left the game after just one inning and pitch tracker had his fastball slower than normal, so the hyped match-up didn’t last long. Josh Bell and Dan...

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