Prospect Highlights: Fine Defensive Play By Alen Hanson

The offense by Alen Hanson has been the feature a few times recently, but on Sunday he made a fine defensive play with a diving catch up the middle for the final out of the seventh inning. Hanson has shown strong range up the middle during his career. Despite committing a lot of errors over the years, range has never been his problem, it’s usually the routine plays that get him. On offense, Hanson is hitting .319 in 17 May games, with a .941 OPS

With no Indianapolis game yesterday, the prospect highlights are light today, but we will still include two more videos to help you kill time on a Monday. The first is pitcher Zack Dodson dropping down a sacrifice bunt that scored Jarek Cunningham. It was the first career RBI for Dodson, although pitchers don’t hit in the minors until the reach AA, so there wasn’t much of a chance for him to drive in a run before now.

The final highlight is a single off the pitcher’s glove by Drew Maggi. Didn’t really get much of this one, but that hasn’t been the case all season. He leads the Curve with a .329 average and he has more walks than strikeouts, which isn’t common these days. The only other player in the Pirates system with more than 30 at-bats that can claim that same feat is Ashley Ponce at Bradenton.

John Dreker

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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  • EWS34

    Any idea how the Pirates walk to strike out ratio compares with other systems?

    • John Dreker

      Don’t know, but I checked the A’s system, figuring they preach plate patience above all else and they have five players with more walks than strikeouts, so that is probably top end