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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Highlights: Double From Alen Hanson, Two Key Hits By Mel Rojas Jr.

This one was a late addition from Sunday night’s Altoona game, so we didn’t have it in yesterday’s Prospect Highlights. Alen Hanson, batting from the left side, goes the opposite way for a double in the seventh inning. Hanson reached base twice on Monday, giving him a .319/.354/.583 slash line in 18 May games.

On Monday, Mel Rojas Jr. had three hits and drove in three runs. The video below shows two of those hits and all three RBIs. Rojas is having a strong season with a .305/.371/.435 slash line in 41 games. He has hit well in the clutch, batting .375 with runners in scoring position, leading to 30 RBIs on the season, fourth highest total in the Eastern League. Rojas is also hitting well from both sides of the plate, posting an .807 OPS from the right side and .804 while hitting lefty.

One last highlight, this one from the Indianapolis game. With outfield injuries running rampant in Pittsburgh, I’m sure they were glad to see Jaff Decker come up limping after this outstanding defensive play.

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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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The replay of Jaff Decker getting the jump on that ball and making the catch confirms why I felt he would have made that play against Milwaukee that JHay let fall for a crucial single last week. But I also understand Hurdle was going for an offensive spark that game and it ended up not working out.

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