First Pitch: Alen Hanson and the Future of the Pirates Infield
Aug03

First Pitch: Alen Hanson and the Future of the Pirates Infield

Today we wrote about how Alen Hanson was moved to second base by the Pirates. Hanson has played second base before in the lower levels, but hasn’t been at the position for the last few years, and hasn’t been there in Altoona. He made his first start there tonight. One of the issues he was having at shortstop were defensive lapses, where he would make errors on routine plays. Hanson had a throwing error in his first game at...

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Pirates Moving Alen Hanson to Second Base
Aug02

Pirates Moving Alen Hanson to Second Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be moving shortstop Alen Hanson to second base, Pirates Prospects has learned. Hanson has committed 29 errors this season in 100 games at the shortstop position, after committing 32 in 127 games last year. There have been questions surrounding his defensive play at shortstop ever since he started hitting well at West Virginia in 2012. Hanson has the range and quickness to play the position, plus he has an...

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Rays Scouting Altoona Curve Tonight
Jul28

Rays Scouting Altoona Curve Tonight

Dan Zangrilli reports that the Tampa Bay Rays had scouts at the Altoona Curve game tonight. Those scouts could have been there for the Detroit Tigers farm club as well, but sticking with the Pittsburgh Pirates angle, the obvious main target from the Rays is pitcher David Price. The Curve have some interesting prospects, including shortstop Alen Hanson and outfielder Josh Bell, both of whom are top 100 prospects in baseball. Tonight...

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Pirates Have Seven in MLB.com’s Mid-Season Top 100 Prospects List
Jul28

Pirates Have Seven in MLB.com’s Mid-Season Top 100 Prospects List

MLB.com has released their mid-season top 100 prospects update, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have seven on the list. That’s the second highest amount, falling right behind the Chicago Cubs, who had the most with eight. The highest ranked prospect was Tyler Glasnow, who came in rated 20th overall. Glasnow was also the top prospect in the system in MLB.com’s updated Pirates top 20. After Glasnow came Jameson Taillon at number...

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Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Returns to the Bench
Jul20

Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Returns to the Bench

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. 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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