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, means that the Pirates don't have to rely on Hanson as a shortstop. They can move him to second base, hope his defense is better at the position, and fast track the bat to the majors.
"With Jordy and with Neil and with Josh, we've got some depth up the middle," Huntington said. "What we wanted to do with Alen was give him some refresher course at second base and...
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