Alen Hanson has five errors in six games so far this year.
The biggest question surrounding Alen Hanson's future is whether he can stick at shortstop for the long-term. He has all of the tools to be a shortstop in the majors, but is still a little raw at the position. There are questions about his arm strength, although it seems good enough to stay on the left side of the infield. He also has issues with his glove work, which led to a lot of errors last year, and led to some instruction with the coaching staff this Spring.
Last year Hanson had 40 errors in 103 games. You can't always judge a fielder by his minor league errors. The field conditions in the minors aren't always great, and can lead to some really difficult plays. You also have players who have more raw talent, but are prone to mistakes. Some of Hanson's errors might be attributed to poor conditions, but for the most part he's raw on defense. So far this year he's off to a bad start, with five errors in six games.
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