Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson’s Sixth Homer, Tony Sanchez Returns to Indianapolis

On Monday against Erie, Alen Hanson launched his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning. All of his homers have come in the month of May, resulting in a .913 OPS to go along with his .299 average in 25 games this month.

Tony Sanchez returned to the Indianapolis lineup on Monday and had this RBI single in the sixth inning.  He finished the game 1-for-4

Jaff Decker threw out two runners at home plate on Monday, including this laser in the fourth inning. He has nine outfield assists already this season, which is four more than the rest of his teammates combined.

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Andrew Grigsby

Was at the game yesterday in Erie against Altoona, was impressed with Hanson at SS. Exicted to watch him mature as a player But was wondering what the long term outlook/ceiling is for RHP Nick Kingham? He was overpowering but got the job done minus 2 HR. He has good stuff.

Cecil.

Regarding Hanson, now that we’re two months into the season, how has his defense come along? Is he starting to develop the consistency that he reportedly didn’t have in previous seasons?
Since there’s no one blocking him in Indy, is there a chance he gets moved up later in the year to get a taste of AAA?

emjayinTN

I think he has 14 errors to this point in the season whereas last year he had that many in half that amount of games. I think Desmond with the Nats has 12 or 13 already, and Castro in Chicago is always up there also. As a kid in his age 21 season, after the numbers he has posted with the bat in May, he needs to be at AAA yesterday! He will get better as he matures, and I think the Pirates can afford to dedicate a defensive coach to him in Indy, if that is considered necessary. This kid is just too physically gifted not to use everything we have at our disposal to shore up his defensive capabilities. And as a switchhitter, he would really be a nice add as the leadoff or #2 hitter. The Pirates have cured our 1B need, and very shortly they will cure our RF need. That will leave Shortstop – let’s move forward with this kid.

freddylang

With Hanson looking more and more and more like an Alexei Ramirez with upside type of SS and with the Pirates OF locked up for many years he has to stay in the middle-infield or there is no place for him with the Pirates obviously. At least there is almost no doubt he can play 2B now with all these reps at SS and flashes he has shown there. One option is always to deal Alvarez in the 2015 offseason and move Walker to third and come up with a SS somewhere else. I would love to see Hanson stick at SS though and then you have even more flexibility with dealing Alvarez. I doubt very much that Walker will be leaving the Pirates any time soon and a deal will get done this offseason.

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