Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Homers; Austin Meadows Shines in Rehab
Jul03

Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Homers; Austin Meadows Shines in Rehab

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Prospect Highlights: Defensive Gem From Alen Hanson, Garcia Continues to Pick Up Extra-Base Hits
Jun29

Prospect Highlights: Defensive Gem From Alen Hanson, Garcia Continues to Pick Up Extra-Base Hits

We don’t get too many highlights from Alen Hanson on defense, and his skills at the position are constantly in question, so this play is good to see. He makes a diving stop on this ball up the middle, then completed the play with a throw from his knees. He has the range to play shortstop and the arm is good enough, his problem is more about consistency and the mental approach. Plays that he has too much time on, can turn into...

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The Mystery Surrounding Alen Hanson’s Time Off
Jun25

The Mystery Surrounding Alen Hanson’s Time Off

Alen Hanson has been out for the past five games due to an unknown reason. John Dreker reported that it wasn’t injury related. Today, Cory Giger reported that Hanson was out due to undisclosed disciplinary reasons. SS Alen Hanson must be buried deep in doghouse since he's missing 5th straight game for #AltoonaCurve cause of undisclosed discipline issue. — Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) June 25, 2014 This is not the first time...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Are Stockpiling Shortstop Prospects
Jun22

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Stockpiling Shortstop Prospects

Today I was working on the GCL Preview, and noticed how many shortstops the Pirates have at the level. The main guy to watch this year will be 2014 first round pick Cole Tucker, although there are some other promising guys at the same level. Sam Kennelly received $225,000 out of Australia, and started the first two games while Tucker gets ready for his season to begin. Nelson Jorge was taken in the draft this year, and has the skills...

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Prospect Highlights: Double From Alen Hanson, Stetson Allie’s Homer
Jun21

Prospect Highlights: Double From Alen Hanson, Stetson Allie’s Homer

Altoona played a doubleheader on Friday, completing a suspended game from June 11th before their regularly scheduled game. The first game had an odd occurrence, made even more odd by what happened in the second game. On Wednesday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-4, breaking his 12 game hit streak. On Friday, he extended that hit streak to 13 games by collecting two hits in the suspended game. Since the stats count towards June 11th, the...

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