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AFL: Pirates Prospects Face Off Against Wei-Chung Wang

On Friday night in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale had Josh Bell, Dan Gamache and Elias Diaz batting 5-6-7 in the lineup. Early in the game, the trio faced Wei-Chung Wang, who was taken from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Rule V draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Scottsdale lost the game 6-5 to Glendale, dropping them to 5-5 on the season.

Bell was at first base and batting righty against Wang to start the game. In his first at-bat, he flew out to right field. He switched to lefty for his second at-bat and grounded out to second base. Bell switched back to hitting righty for his third at-bat and popped out to first base. For his fourth at-bat, he went back to the left side and singled. In the ninth inning, Bell singled again, making the score 6-5 with two outs, leaving him 2-for-5 on the day.

In the field, Bell made his second error, this time on a missed catch during an attempted double play. He handled ten other plays in the game, including a pop up and ground ball from the first two batters in the third inning.

Gamache was at third base and he singled in his first at-bat. He followed that with a walk in the fourth inning and then flew out to right field in the sixth. In the eighth inning, Gamache walked for the second time. In the ninth inning with two outs, his team down one and two runners on, Gamache struck out to end the game. He reached base three times and scored one run.

Diaz came into the game with a .133 average in 15 at-bats. In his first at-bat against Wang, he grounded into a double play that ended the second inning. In the fourth, he drove in Gamache with a two-out double. In was the first RBI for Diaz and second run of the game for Scottsdale. In the sixth, he lined out softly to second base.

Diaz came up in a huge spot in the eighth inning. With his team down 6-2 and two outs in the inning, he came to the plate with the bases loaded. He didn’t hit the ball hard, but reached on an infield single to shortstop, which scored a run. On defense, Diaz was 1-for-2 in throwing out runners.

Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound Saturday afternoon at Peoria. Scottsdale is off on Sunday.

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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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John: Thank you for the daily updates from the AFL. I have been trying to stay abreast of guys like Bell, Diaz, and Glasnow who I see as guys who will be at PNC within the next 2 years – Diaz for sure, Glasnow and/or Bell possibly longer. The AFL is still a AA average for players and fast risers who have reached Hi A and done well. Greatly enthused about Bell offensively and defensively, and Diaz seems to have the defensive tools, but the bat is lagging a bit right now – but he does not strike out a lot, so he is putting the ball in play.

Question: Have the Pirates concluded their trade of Dickerson to the Indians. It was for a PTBNL, and Dickerson was in the starting lineup quite often for the Indians after the trade. If the trade has not already been concluded, what are the chances of getting Tony Wolters, 22, who was drafted as a MI out of HS, but who is now making a position change to Catcher? Quick hands and feet and an accurate arm are the tools needed to gun down baserunners, and he has done very well in his first exposure at AA, and is now in the AFL. He bats lefty which would be a plus to have in a back-up if he is unable to win a starting position. I am still figuring that McGuire is the long term answer, and having him at Hi A in 2015, and starting Wolters in AA until Diaz is called up could shore up the position.


Those kind of trades do not seem to result in much of anything.

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