Morning Report: Minor League Depth at Second Base
Sep05

Morning Report: Minor League Depth at Second Base

Today is the 78th birthday of Pittsburgh Pirates’ legendary second baseman Bill Mazeroski, so what better day to take a quick look at the depth at second base in the Pirates’ system. As a side note, you can read a bio of Mazeroski here, which was posted two years ago today on the blog site. The depth at second base obviously starts with Alen Hanson, who is the only top prospect among second baseman in the system right now....

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How is Alen Hanson Adjusting to Second Base?
Aug30

How is Alen Hanson Adjusting to Second Base?

Since being moved to second base at the beginning of August, Alen Hanson has been adjusting well, Altoona Curve Manager Carlos Garcia said on Wednesday night. “It’s been good. At least he’s had more time to focus to make the routine plays. The throw is not as long as it is from the shortstop [position]. He’s only played about two and a half weeks [at second base] before he got hurt, but he likes it over there.” Hanson was having a...

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Alen Hanson Placed on the Altoona DL
Aug25

Alen Hanson Placed on the Altoona DL

Alen Hanson has been placed on the Altoona disabled list with a hamstring injury. The injury was suffered last week, and will almost certainly end Hanson’s season, since the season only has a week remaining. Drew Maggi has been activated off the Altoona DL as a corresponding move. Assuming this does end Hanson’s season, he finishes with a .280/.326/.442 line in 482 at-bats. He also made the switch to second base recently,...

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First Pitch: How Has the Move to Second Base Impacted Alen Hanson’s Prospect Status?
Aug22

First Pitch: How Has the Move to Second Base Impacted Alen Hanson’s Prospect Status?

The biggest theme surrounding the Pirates’ farm system this year has been injuries. Look through the top 20 prospects, and almost everyone has spent time on the disabled list this year. Most of the injuries aren’t long-term concerns. Most of the players who have been injured have performed well when healthy, while either maintaining their prospect status, or showing improvements. So it’s a bit ironic that one of the...

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Morning Report: Not Many Players Do What Alen Hanson Does
Aug21

Morning Report: Not Many Players Do What Alen Hanson Does

It takes a special blend of power and speed to do what Alen Hanson has done this year at the plate and on the bases. He has reached double figures in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases. The last Pirates players to accomplish that in the minors were Starling Marte and Hanson in 2012. Before that, Alex Presley did it during his breakout season in 2010 and then you have to go back to 2005 and Craig Stansberry for another example....

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