Prospect Highlights: Homer From Alen Hanson, Ngoepe Continues to Hit

In game one of Altoona’s doubleheader yesterday, Alen Hanson led off the game with a home run, his first of the season. His bat is just starting to come around with a .282 average in his last nine games and he leads the Eastern League with four triples. Hanson homered eight times last year.

Gift Ngoepe continues to hit well, lining an RBI single in game two of the doubleheader. He has a six game hitting streak and an .871 OPS on the season. He has ten extra base hits this year. For those that asked after hearing his name pronounced in the highlights earlier this week, he told me on Wednesday that it is “n-GO-pay”, which is obviously different from the “n-WEE-peh” we heard for the first three years or so of his career.

  • KauaiCoffee
    May 3, 2014 1:56 am

    Ngoepe has the glove to deserve at least a September call up as a utility infielder. He draws a ton of walks and is a quality base runner. If he keeps hitting like this, he will be a real prospect. The Bucs are wafer-thin at Short, so he does not have much competition.

  • John,

    How has Elias Diaz’s defensive play been behind the plate? Does he have MLB potential?

    • John Dreker
      May 2, 2014 8:12 pm

      Last year at one point, he was rated as the top defensive catcher in the FSL. This season he has been great as far as stats go, throwing out 33% of runners and he hasn’t made an error or had a passed ball yet. If he can continue to hit, then yes he definitely has major league potential and it seems as if he has jumped over Carlos Paulino, who is all defense(above average) but no bat

  • A possible 2016 infield:

    1B: Stetson Allie
    2B: Alen Hanson
    SS: Gift NGoepe
    3B: Neil Walker

  • Goh N-Goh-Pay!