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Prospect Highlights: The Alen Hanson Show

In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Erie, Alen Hanson hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the score. That wasn’t his biggest hit of the day though…

In game one of the doubleheader, Hanson hit a two-run double that accounted for all the runs scored in the game. That gave Altoona the win in the first game, which allowed them to gain a split on the day. For the month of May, Hanson now has an .887 OPS, showing a good blend of power and speed with five homers and five stolen bases. He has a total of 11 stolen bases on the year. These two videos show Hanson hitting from the left side, but he has actually been much better from the right side, so this recent output is an encouraging sign. As a righty, he is hitting .306 with a .930 OPS.

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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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Lee Young

John………how’s his fielding this year? Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror seems to think that he is not only making too many errors still, but that he is even screwing up more routine plays.

Y2JGQ2

Using your guide above his error rate should STILL be getting better as he goes up levels to better fields and players as he is getting more experience, not worse. Its not.

leowalter

Routine plays have always been his biggest problem area Lee. That is not anything new. He will make a great play in the hole or behind 2nd,then either boot or throw away an easy groundball.

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