Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco Taken in First Round of Dominican League Draft

The Dominican Winter League is currently holding a draft for the rights to the top international prospects in baseball for the 2012 season.  A total of 100 players will be drafted to the reserve teams for the 2012 season. The draft started at 4 PM, and at the time of this writing 90 players have been selected.

With the second pick in the draft, Toros Del Este selected Pittsburgh Pirates infield prospect Alen Hanson. Hanson was taken one spot after Miguel Sano, who went to Estrellas Orientales. Hanson will be on the reserve team for the Toros, who will have Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor as their manager. The Bulls also took Pirates reliever Emmanuel De Leon in the 13th round, and Joan Montero in the 17th round.

Last year Matt Hague, Chase d’Arnaud, Andy Vasquez, Chris Leroux, Jose Diaz, and Tim Wood played for the Bulls.

Gregory Polanco went with the fourth overall pick, being selected by Leones Del Escogido. Starling Marte played for the Lions.

Willy Garcia went with the 12th overall pick, taken last in the second round. He will be on the reserve roster for Aguilas Cibanenas.

The teams had a list of 100 players to choose from. The Pirates had the above five players on the list. The only teams with more were Texas, San Diego, and Cleveland with six each, and Philadelphia with eight. Only Dominican born players were eligible to be selected.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Wilson Lam

    Hi Tim, any word on who went 3rd overall behind Hanson and before Polanco?

    • jorge urena

      hanser alberto

  • PiratesFan

    Wow, these prospects must be very highly thought of, and for good reason.