AFL: Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times, Josh Bell Ejected

On Thursday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale had Josh Bell and Elias Diaz in their lineup representing the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. The Scorpions lost 7-3 to Mesa, dropping them to 7-8 on the season.

Bell was in the lineup as the designated hitter. He popped up to second base with a runner on second to end the first inning. In the third inning, Bell came up with a runner on third and two outs, and he flew out to left field. He also ended the fifth inning with a double play ground ball back to the pitcher. Bell led off the eighth inning and hit a ball just in front of the plate. He was called out for batter interference(running inside the 1B line) and was ejected from the game for arguing the call. Bell went 0-for-4 and he is now hitting .234 through 47 at-bats.

Diaz had an infield single his first at-bat, then a couple batters later, was thrown out trying to steal third base. Diaz has 18 steals in 34 attempts during his six-year career, so it was a peculiar decision to have him run in that situation and trying for third base for that matter. In his second plate appearance, Diaz drew a walk. Three batters later, he came around to score Scottsdale’s third run. In the sixth inning, he led off with a soft liner to left field for his second single. In the eighth, Diaz popped out to first base. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk. On defense, he was 1-for-2 in throwing out runners.

Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound for tomorrow afternoon’s game. The AFL television schedule was posted yesterday and no Scottsdale games are currently on the schedule, though that could change.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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