1t. Alen Hanson, SS
1t. Gregory Polanco, OF
I had a tough time picking the top prospect from this pair. In a tiered ranking system, they'd both be in the same group. When it comes to picking between them, it's splitting hairs.
Offensively, the difference is minimal. Polanco was more consistent this year, and hit for a better average. Hanson hit for more power, although Polanco could add some more power going forward. The outfielder added some bulk to his frame this year, which led to a power outburst. He's still got room to add more muscle, which could lead to more power in the future.
Defensively, this comparison gets interesting. The big debate with Hanson is whether he can play shortstop. He's got the tools and the athleticism needed to stick at the position, but he's far from a guarantee. I'm in the middle on the debate. I disagree with those who feel he's a lock to move to second base down the...
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