Not since "Mmmm...Bop" has there been this much excitement about a Hanson. Alen Hanson, the 19 year old shortstop of the West Virginia Power, has been the breakout star for the Pirates' minor league system in 2012. He is also garnering national attention from prospect pundits such as Keith Law, Jim Callis, John Sickels, and Kevin Goldstein.
When you start the year off batting .400/.434/.700 (1134 OPS) with 8 stolen bases and 4 home runs, some plaudits will come your way. Now the question that many people are starting to ask is -- "When will Hanson get moved up?"
The short answer is that there is no rush to move him up at the start of May. Last year, Hanson started off hot in the Gulf Coast League, only to fade in the second half of the season -- presumably from wearing down physically. Hanson is listed as 5'-11" and 152 pounds, so the grind of a long season will affect him differently than a larger player, especially one that is not playing as active a position as shortstop.