Alen Hanson Named Among Top Shortstop Prospects

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

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 30 stolen bases, to go along with eight homers and 27 doubles. Hanson continued his season in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the Fall Stars(all-star) game. While in Arizona, he hit .253 with a .623 OPS and six stolen bases. His season didn’t stop there though. Hanson went on to the Dominican Summer League and got into six more games, including two starts at second base.

One very interesting note about Hanson and it just goes to show you how young he is compared to the levels he has played in his career. In 559 plate appearances this past regular season, Hanson did not face one pitcher that was younger than him the entire year. Last year, when he broke out with West Virginia, he faced a younger pitcher just 19 times all year. Basically, he is playing well while advancing quicker than most players his age.

Tomorrow’s list could have a couple Pirates on it. They will announce the top ten right-handed pitchers and Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow stand good chances to be included on that list. Taillon seems very likely, while Glasnow might sneak on at the end if they recognize his high ceiling potential.

Author: John Dreker

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.

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