Pirates minor league prospect brawls in Arizona Fall league

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A fight broke out in the ninth inning of an Arizona Fall League game between Peoria and Scottsdale, a rare brawl in a league where top prospects from all minor league organizations mix to form teams.

Boston Red Sox farmhand Josh Winckowski, playing for Scottsdale, hit Canaan Smith-Njigba of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a pitch and the batter charged the mound.

Punches were thrown, both players were ejected and Smith-Njigba left being held back while still screaming at Winckowski for throwing at his head.