AFL: Three Hits For Alen Hanson In Win
Nov07

AFL: Three Hits For Alen Hanson In Win

On Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions picked up their third straight win. The 7-4 victory over Surprise came on a night that Phil Irwin started for Scottsdale and two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Prior to this current mini winning streak, the Scorpions lost eight in a row.   Alen Hanson led off for Scottsdale in the bottom of the first and lined a single into right field. He...

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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: 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: Benedict and Thornton Shine In Relief
Oct28

AFL: Benedict and Thornton Shine In Relief

On Monday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost their fourth straight game, going down 4-0 to Peoria. They have been a streaky team this year, losing five in a row after winning on Opening Day, then winning five in a row prior to this current losing streak.  Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. He was at shortstop and batting second. Hanson lined out to right field in...

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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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