Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Extends Hit Streak, Gift Ngoepe’s Defense
Jun15

Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Extends Hit Streak, Gift Ngoepe’s Defense

Alen Hanson extended his hit streak to 11 games last night with this third inning single that scored Jarek Cunningham. Hanson is hitting .372 during the streak and is now tied for the Curve lead with 36 RBIs. He’s tied with Mel Rojas Jr, who has been promoted, so Hanson will soon have that top spot to himself. Considering the fact he is in the lead-off spot often, that is an impressive total. Hanson also leads the team in hits,...

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Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Triple, Strikeout By Nick Kingham in AAA Debut
Jun14

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...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects, Minus Gregory Polanco
Jun11

Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects, Minus Gregory Polanco

We usually release our mid-season prospect rankings right after the MLB draft. This not only shows the updated rankings with half of the minor league season in the books, but it also shows where the new draft picks fit in. For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates have graduated their top prospect the week following the draft. This adds the ability to see what the system looks like with a new top prospect. Before we begin...

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Prospect Highlights: Two Key Hits From Alen Hanson, Triple By Mel Rojas Jr.
Jun09

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...

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Prospect Highlights: Triple From Alen Hanson, Tony Sanchez’s Second Homer
Jun05

Prospect Highlights: Triple From Alen Hanson, Tony Sanchez’s Second Homer

Tony Sanchez had a huge game for Indianapolis yesterday and he has been an RBI machine in AAA this year. He hit two homers on Wednesday, including the opposite field shot shown in the video below, which was his second homer of the game. Sanchez has played 14 games now for Indianapolis and he has 17 RBIs to go along with a .966 OPS. The Pirates obviously want him catching everyday instead of getting two starts a week behind Russell...

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