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

In Trenton over the weekend, Alen Hanson had two hits that drove in two runs apiece. While he probably isn’t expected to drive in many runs at the top of the order, Hanson actually leads all Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players with 30 RBIs since May 1st. During that time span, he has 17 extra-base hits. The first big hit was from Friday night’s 11-2 win. Hanson had three RBIs in the game, two of them coming on this double over the center fielder’s head. An interesting thing about these highlights is that they come from both sides of the plate.

On Sunday, Hanson plated two more runs with this single.

Mel Rojas Jr. hit this triple for Indianapolis on Saturday night. Since being promoted to AAA, he has a .367/.424/.467 line in nine games. On the season between Altoona and Indianapolis, Rojas has an .834 OPS.

Finally, we have a highlight from a non-prospect that is too good to pass up. Vance Worley threw eight innings yesterday for Indianapolis, picked up the win and hit this home run. It was his first home run since 2010 and third of his career, all in the minors.

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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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  • leadoff

    Rojas is coming like a freight train.

  • deacs

    Why is he considered a 4th OF? Is he a little above average in everything but not great in everything?

    • leowalter

      deacs,FWIW ,from what I have seen of Mel Rojas,only in an organization such as the Pirates, and possibly a few others, would he be considered just as a 4th OF prospect.

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