On Monday, MLB.com began releasing their list of top ten prospects at each position. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't have any representatives among left-handed pitchers, but Alen Hanson came in at #8 on their top ten shortstops list.
Alen Hanson ranked eighth overall among shortstop prospects
In the rankings, they also break down each player on the 20-80 scouting system in five categories. Hanson was just below average with his arm, which is a fair ranking, but them seem to be a little low on his power, which was rated a 40. He showed good pop with West Virginia in 2012 and as you will see below, he had a decent amount of extra base hits while being very young for the level he played at this past year. Hanson had ratings of 55 for hitting, 60 for speed and 55 for fielding, which are all pretty close to the general consensus.
In 2013, Hanson split the season between Bradenton and Altoona, where he hit for a combined .274/.329/.427 slash line in 127 games. He had 13 triples and 3...
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.