From the Dominican on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored in his team's 6-5 loss in ten innings. He is hitting .319 with 27 walks and 26 RBIs in 38 games.
Alen Hanson played second base during the 2010-11 seasons
Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 on Saturday night, his second straight game playing second base. He handled all his chances in the field cleanly. While he has played second base before, he has not played the position in two years. As a rookie in the Dominican Summer League in 2010, Hanson played more games at second base than any other position. In the GCL the next season, he saw less time there and more time at shortstop. After coming off the bench for his first two Winter games, Hanson started twice at shortstop, before moving over to second base. It isn't known at this time if the move is anything more than one to help his Winter team, which has one of the better fielding/throwing minor league shortstops in baseball, Hector Gomez.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.