Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Triple, Strikeout By Nick Kingham in AAA Debut

Alen Hanson hit his league-leading seventh triple on Friday night, driving in his 35th run of the season. He’s showing some power this year, with ten doubles and six homers, to go along with all those triples. Hanson has also been clutch with runners in scoring position, hitting .365 in 52 at-bats. He has hits in all nine June games Altoona has played, leading to a .342/.375/.500 slash line this month.

Nick Kingham made his AAA debut last night and he was spectacular. He went seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk, while picking up eight strikeouts. Shown below is his last strikeout of the game, getting the awkward swing from Justin Christian, who has played parts of three seasons in the Majors.

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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  • https://profiles.google.com/105668650510920614054 Brian Bernard

    I’m really interested to see how well Vance Worley can bring it this year and if Kingham keeps being nasty like this… Are we looking at a rotation of Cole,Morton,Kingham,Locke, (Cumpton,Worley) for 2015 or for 2014??? Just asking, are these our best 5 right now? Ol’ King Cole and their nasty friends?

  • bmcferren

    Can we make another trade with Florida to bring back Perry Hill – He would be good to work with Hanson at shortstop. Who currently is teaching Hanson how to field the position?

    • dcproject

      Carlos Garcia maybe?