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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Highlights: Fine Defensive Play By Alen Hanson

The offense by Alen Hanson has been the feature a few times recently, but on Sunday he made a fine defensive play with a diving catch up the middle for the final out of the seventh inning. Hanson has shown strong range up the middle during his career. Despite committing a lot of errors over the years, range has never been his problem, it’s usually the routine plays that get him. On offense, Hanson is hitting .319 in 17 May games, with a .941 OPS

With no Indianapolis game yesterday, the prospect highlights are light today, but we will still include two more videos to help you kill time on a Monday. The first is pitcher Zack Dodson dropping down a sacrifice bunt that scored Jarek Cunningham. It was the first career RBI for Dodson, although pitchers don’t hit in the minors until the reach AA, so there wasn’t much of a chance for him to drive in a run before now.

The final highlight is a single off the pitcher’s glove by Drew Maggi. Didn’t really get much of this one, but that hasn’t been the case all season. He leads the Curve with a .329 average and he has more walks than strikeouts, which isn’t common these days. The only other player in the Pirates system with more than 30 at-bats that can claim that same feat is Ashley Ponce at Bradenton.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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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Any idea how the Pirates walk to strike out ratio compares with other systems?

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