On Friday night in the Arizona Fall League, the Peoria Javelinas were on the road to take on the Salt River Rafters. The only player from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the lineup was Nick Gonzales, who batted lead-off and played second base. Here’s a recap of his night:
Gonzales started the game with a single on a line drive to center field. He walked in the third inning, then scored one pitch later on a home run. He grounded out to shortstop to end the top of the fourth. Peoria went down in order in the final three innings, as Gonzales flew out to center field in the seventh to end the game with a 6-3 loss. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He’s now hitting .380 with a 1.032 OPS.
Tomorrow is the Fall-Stars game, which will be shown on MLB Network at 7:00 PM ET. Both Nick Gonzales and Ji-hwan Bae will represent the Pirates in the game.
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.