Earlier this week, Keith Law mentioned that he would have Alen Hanson as a top five prospect in the system. Law has been one of the few who gives Hanson a strong chance at sticking at shortstop, which explains the ratings. A shortstop prospect with Hanson's hitting skills and speed would not only be one of the top prospects in the system, but one of the top prospects in baseball.
Last month I did a prospect roundtable on Hanson, and it was almost universal that he would have to move to second base eventually in his career.
The difference between a shortstop prospect and a second base prospect is pretty substantial. Nothing changes with Hanson's bat, although he loses a ton of value moving to the other side of the bag. There's also more that is expected out of Hanson at second base th...
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