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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Prospect Watch: Big Night For Keon Broxton, Alen Hanson and Mel Rojas Homer
Aug20

Prospect Watch: Big Night For Keon Broxton, Alen Hanson and Mel Rojas Homer

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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Alen Hanson Could Play in Pittsburgh in 2015
Aug11

Alen Hanson Could Play in Pittsburgh in 2015

Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a switch, moving shortstop Alen Hanson over to second base. On Sunday, Neal Huntington said that Hanson was moved to second base to be Major League ready to help the team in 2015. Hanson does have the defensive skills to be a shortstop, but needs some work at the position to add consistency. The emergence of Jordy Mercer over the last year, along with Mercer’s improved defense this year,...

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Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Triple, Andrew Lambo Breaks Up No-Hitter
Aug10

Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Triple, Andrew Lambo Breaks Up No-Hitter

From Friday night in Altoona’s 3-2 loss to Reading, ¬†Alen Hanson had this RBI triple shown below. It was his 11th triple of the season. On Thursday, Hanson reached the 20-10-10-20 marks in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases. On Saturday, he stole his 21st base of the season. Your browser does not support iframes. On Friday, Indianapolis was getting no-hit through six innings. Andrew Lambo came up in the seventh and broke...

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