Baseball America has released their weekly hot sheet, and Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop prospect Alen Hanson is number one this week. Hanson hit for a .324/.343/.735 line in 34 at-bats with four homers over the last week to get to the top spot.
The writeup on Hanson made an interesting note on Miguel Sano. Sano was signed in 2009, the same year that Hanson was signed. The article points out that Hanson received less fanfare and money. However, Baseball America notes that Hanson has closed the gap between the two players, with Sano still being the better of the two prospects. They also noted that Hanson has a broader set of skills, and that he’s been the pop-up story of 2012.
Yesterday Baseball America ranked Hanson as the 40th best prospect in the game. Sano was ranked 22nd.
Also in the hot sheet is a write up about Jeff Locke, who put up a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings over two starts this week. Baseball America noted that Locke is “well on his way to a career as a mid-rotation starter for the Pirates”.Pirates Prospects is FREE today in honor of the Wild Card game. You get special access to all of our content, which is typically reserved only for subscribers. We cover the Pirates 365 days a year, with live coverage all throughout the playoffs, and off-season coverage of the minor league players in the Arizona Fall League and Winter Leagues. During the season we average well over 6 articles per day on the Pirates. This is the best stop if you're a hardcore Pirates fan, and the subscription prices are very low.
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