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Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Homer, Double From Sam Kennelly

Altoona won a wild game last night, taking home a 13-12 victory in 11 innings. Six different Curve players homered, including this shot from Alen Hanson that temporarily put them up a run in the 10th inning. Hanson has been on a mini hot streak, batting .406 in his last eight games with three triples and two homers. The home run last night was his 9th of the season and 33rd extra-base hit.

Down in the GCL, 18-year-old infielder Sam Kennelly is getting his first taste of playing time in the United States. He was signed as a shortstop, but showed his versatility with the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League this Winter by playing all four infield positions. In the video below, courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page, Kennelly legs out his second double of the season. He is hitting .281 with a .705 OPS in nine games.

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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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  • moose7195

    Is Alen Hanson hurt? Or is that just the way he runs?

    • John Dreker

      Not sure what you saw, but I doubt he is hurt. He had three hits last night, played 11 innings and stole his 18th base. I’d say he is fine. Hanson is a very fast runner, you can find some other highlights of his speed in previous prospect highlights

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