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Pirates Prospect Watch: Nick Gonzales Caps Off AFL Regular Season With Four-Hit Game



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The 2022 Arizona Fall League season has come to a close but not before Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Nick Gonzales could leave his mark one more time.

Gonzales went 4 for 5 with a double and a pair of RBIs in the Surprise Saguaros 8-2 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions on Thursday.

The big game at the plate caps off a solid Fall League season for the 2020 first-round pick of the Pirates.

Gonzales finishes the regular season with a .279 batting average and an .841 OPS. He totaled four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 14 RBIs in 18 games playing back in his home state.

Gonzales wasn’t the only Pirates’ prospect who had a big hand in the win for the Saguaros.

First baseman Jacob Gonzalez finished the game 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs. He also walked twice and scored a pair of runs in the victory.

Blake Sabol, who was behind the plate in this one, picked doubled as part of a two-hit performance, bumping up his batting average to .234.

On the pitching side of things, Pirates’ prospect Tahnaj Thomas tossed a scoreless fifth inning. He struck out a batter and walked one.

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Though the regular season is over in the AFL, the Saguaros are marching on to the postseason after finishing first in the league with a final record of 19-10.

The Pirates’ prospects mentioned above, as well as right-hander Quinn Priester, catcher Henry Davis and reliever Colin Selby will try and crown the Saguaros champions of the league.

The Saguaros’ next game will come on Saturday night at 8 ET. Their opponent is yet to be determined.

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