Mel Rojas, Jr

Prospect Highlights: Double From Alen Hanson, Two Key Hits By Mel Rojas Jr.

This one was a late addition from Sunday night’s Altoona game, so we didn’t have it in yesterday’s Prospect Highlights. Alen Hanson, batting from the left side, goes the opposite way for a double in the seventh inning. Hanson reached base twice on Monday, giving him a .319/.354/.583 slash line in 18 May games.

On Monday, Mel Rojas Jr. had three hits and drove in three runs. The video below shows two of those hits and all three RBIs. Rojas is having a strong season with a .305/.371/.435 slash line in 41 games. He has hit well in the clutch, batting .375 with runners in scoring position, leading to 30 RBIs on the season, fourth highest total in the Eastern League. Rojas is also hitting well from both sides of the plate, posting an .807 OPS from the right side and .804 while hitting lefty.

One last highlight, this one from the Indianapolis game. With outfield injuries running rampant in Pittsburgh, I’m sure they were glad to see Jaff Decker come up limping after this outstanding defensive play.

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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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    The replay of Jaff Decker getting the jump on that ball and making the catch confirms why I felt he would have made that play against Milwaukee that JHay let fall for a crucial single last week. But I also understand Hurdle was going for an offensive spark that game and it ended up not working out.

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