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Pirates Sending Five to the AFL, Including Alen Hanson

Pirates Sending Five to the AFL, Including Alen Hanson

Alen Hanson is going to the Arizona Fall League.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending five players to the Arizona Fall League, led by top infield prospect Alen Hanson. The players are:

Zack Thornton, RHP - Thornton was acquired for Chris Resop, and has spent time with Indianapolis, Altoona, and Bradenton. In his time with Altoona he has a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings, with an 11.3 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9 ratio. Those are some dominant numbers, and he has the chance to be a sleeper middle reliever in the majors one day. He's 25 years old, so that makes you look at his numbers with a grain of salt.

Tyler Waldron, RHP - The Pirates have liked Waldron as a starting pitcher, but I see him more as a reliever if he ever makes the majors. This is the second time Waldron has gone to the AFL, and he will probably throw in relief again. He's a sinkerball pitcher who doesn't post dominant strikeout numbers, and has had some control issues, limiting his upside.

Alen Hanson, SS - He's the top prospec...

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