AFL Recap: Despite a Poor Game from the Pirates Prospects, Saguaros Win Again

The Surprise Saguaros came into Tuesday’s action with the best record (6-1) in the Arizona Fall League. They won last night behind a strong day from Henry Davis, who was one of three Pittsburgh Pirates in Tuesday afternoon’s lineup. Here’s a recap of all of the important stuff from Tuesday.

Nick Gonzales batted third and played second base (he has played shortstop this fall as well). He had a rough first inning, committing an error on defense and then lining out to center field. He lined out to left field to end the third inning, then flew out to left field in the fifth. He continued his assault on the left fielder’s glove in the seventh with another line out. He had an 0-for-4 day.

Henry Davis batted fifth and he was behind the plate. He flew out to center field in the second inning, then popped out to third base in the fourth. Davis grounded out to shortstop to end the fifth, then grounded out to shortstop again in the eighth. He had an 0-for-4 day.

Jacob Gonzalez got his first start, batting ninth in the DH spot. He struck out in the third inning, then lined out to center field to end the fourth inning. He struck out to end the sixth inning. He had an 0-for-3 day.

Despite the Pirates players all struggling at the plate today, the Saguaros won 3-2 to move to 7-1 on the season.

Here’s the boxscore

Surprise has off tomorrow.

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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Bethel Park’s mason miller started against us today


Just did a quick Google search on Miller and he has an interesting backstory. Spent four years pitching at Waynesburg College and a mandated urine test for a summer internship led to a diabetes diagnosis. Diabetes is terrible so that obviously sucks but the silver lining was that he became aware of it, started using insulin and changed his diet allowing him to add/maintain weight and started pumping mid to upper 90’s heat. Transferred and spent a fifth year pitching D1 ball at Gardner Webb then was drafted in the 3rd round by the A’s in 2021. He was 6 foot 3 and only 150 pounds after his sophomore year at Waynesburg. Now he’s listed at 6’5″ 220 lbs on baseball reference.


I guess if they’re making outs, lineouts are the ones to make. Anyone have any idea if those balls were hit hard or soft liners?


Re: Davis from BA today

“Mason Auer, OF, Rays: Though he collected just one hit—an RBI double—Auer deserves praise for his standout defense in center field. The 2021 fifth-rounder out of San Jacinto (Texas) JC made tremendous plays to both sides during Mesa’s loss to Surprise. He and Phillies prospect Johan Rojas have shown highlight reel-caliber plays on a near-nightly basis over the first week and change in the desert, providing a welcome treat in what is normally a highly offensive league. Auer’s top play Tuesday was a long run deep into the right-center field gap to haul in an extra-base bid from Pirates prospect Henry Davis. That he got there at all is one thing, but that he got there without so much as a dive took an incredible jump, route and blazing speed all working in concert.”


The game wasn’t on statcast

However, he didn’t have any swinging strikes in 4PAs

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