The Arizona Fall League will play their Fall-Stars game on Saturday night and Pittsburgh Pirates fans will be able to watch two of the team’s top infield prospects. Nick Gonzales and Ji-hwan Bae have been selected to represent the West Division and Peoria Javelinas in the league’s version of the All-Star game. The game is being televised on Saturday night at 7 PM ET on MLB Network.
Gonzales is currently fifth in the league with a 1.059 OPS. He’s hitting .381/.487/.571 in 17 games. He ranks third in the league in average, second in OBP and tenth in slugging.
Bae is batting .269/.370/.388 in 17 games. He ranks third in the league with seven steals and he’s fourth in the league with 18 runs scored.
Peoria is off on Wednesday. They went into today in third place, trailing both first place teams by 1.5 games. There are seven games left in the regular season for them to make up that difference and get a chance to play in next weekend’s championship game.
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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.