Alen Hanson Leads Baseball America’s Hot Sheet With Sano Comparison

Baseball America has released their weekly hot sheet, and Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop prospect Alen Hanson is number one this week. Hanson hit for a .324/.343/.735 line in 34 at-bats with four homers over the last week to get to the top spot. The writeup on Hanson made an interesting note on Miguel Sano. Sano was signed in 2009, the same year that Hanson was signed. The article points out that Hanson received less fanfare and money....

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Four Pirates Prospects in Baseball America Mid-Season Top 50

Baseball America has released their mid-season top 50 prospects rankings (scouting reports for subscribers here), and the Pittsburgh Pirates have four prospects on the list. That’s an upgrade over their pre-season total of two prospects in the top 50. The highest ranked Pirate is Gerrit Cole, who comes in at number six. Cole entered the season ranked 12th overall. Cole is the fourth best pitching prospect on the list. The top...

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Pirates Have Six in John Sickels’ Top 120

John Sickels of Minor League Ball has released his mid-season top 120 prospect list today, and ranks six Pittsburgh Pirates prospects in the first 77 spots. The rankings don’t include 2012 draft picks, so you won’t find Mark Appel on there. They have also been adjusted to remove guys who have exceeded their rookie eligibility, or are currently in the majors and on pace to exceed that eligibility. The top Pirates on the...

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Prospect Watch: Six Shutout Innings For Locke and Von Rosenberg

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 7.50) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-6, 4.18) - DNP 3. Mark Appel, RHP (No Stats) – Unsigned 4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.277) - 2-for-4 5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.333) - 2-for-4, HR,...

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Three Hit Night For Alen Hanson; Hafner Touches 94 MPH

On a night where I got to see Ryan Hafner pitch for the first time, the good news was seeing Alen Hanson play for the fourth time. In last night’s game he was hit in the head with an errant pick-off throw, which caused him to leave the game. He was back in the lineup tonight, although he was at DH for the night. He did take infield practice earlier in the day so he seems to be fine after a scary looking incident. The Power ended...

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