AFL: Thomas Harlan Gets the Start For Scottsdale

With no Pittsburgh Pirates players in the starting lineup on Friday, it was a quiet night in the Arizona Fall League. The starting pitcher was Thomas Harlan, giving the Pirates three starters in the first four games for Scottsdale. Tyler Glasnow started the opening game and Joely Rodriguez got the start in game two. This is the first game that Josh Bell didn’t start and both Elias Diaz and Dan Gamache have played every other game, starting with the opener.

Harlan displayed excellent control for most of the season, but he walked a batter in each inning he pitched on Friday. He lasted just two innings due to a high pitch count. Harlan allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, with no strikeouts. He threw 49 total pitches, 31 for strikes. The 24-year-old lefty had a 3.15 ERA this year in 111.1 innings. He split the season between Bradenton and Altoona.

Scottsdale won 6-5 over Glendale on Friday to even their record at 2-2. Saturday’s game is a 3:35pm ET start time, then the team takes off on Sunday.

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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