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Prospect Highlights: Your Daily Alen Hanson Highlight

With Indianapolis on the road, the highlights posted from them have been few and far between, so we have been relying on Altoona to keep us entertained and Alen Hanson has been doing a good job of it lately. Here he hits a two-run single from yesterday’s game, part of another multi-hit game that has become commonplace for him recently. He is hitting .308 in his last ten games and there is one interesting set of stats to note. I mentioned the other day that he needed to cut down his strikeouts and draw a few more walks. In his last six games, he has two walks and one strikeout.

The only other highlight posted was a defensive gem from Drew Maggi worth checking out. Speaking of Maggi, what has got into him lately? Here is a brief summary of his career:

2010: Signed to an overslot deal as a draft-eligible sophomore
2011: Look solid in his first full season at WV. I saw him play numerous times and he handled the bat well, looked good in the field, good speed, all-around good player.
2012: After a half season at Bradenton, he became an organizational filler
2013: See second half of 2012
2014: Hitting .340 with nine stolen bases and an .891 OPS. Can play almost anywhere in the field including this pick at third base, but still can’t get his name in the title for this post. What else is there to notice about this play? The range from Alen Hanson backing up Maggi and the stretch from Stetson Allie at first base.

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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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Matt Beam

looks a little bit like Alexi Ramirez from the right side, albeit a few inches shorter


Thanks so much guys- I go to milb.com but somehow missed the errors there. Appreciate it the feedback.


Can anyone tell me how many errors Hanson has so far this year or where I can find such information?


Or you can go to http://www.milb.com which is the home page for minor league baseball. Then click on Altoona. Then click on Hanson’s name. Nine errors is not that bad. Not good, but his defense is getting better.


That’s 60 errors over the course of a major league season…….not that bad????????


Go to the Pirates website, http://www.pittsburghpirates.com, click on roster, then Minor League Affiliates, then the stats line under the Altoona header. You will see that Alen has 9 errors in 27 games.


Hanson has raised his batting average about 60 points in the past few weeks to .268. Last year he started below the mendoza Line and moved it up to the .280’s before being promoted to AA. With what is happening with the SS position on the Pirates, and a 30 year old placeholder at AAA, do not be surprised if they move Hanson up quicker than we would have expected when the season began. Also, if this swoon continues, all bets are off and the Pirates may start 2015 with Hanson leading off and playing SS, and Polanco batting 2nd and playing RF.


Hanson STILL cannot play SS in the majors, this isn’t about his hitting. He needs defensive experience and improvement. He and Alvarez on that side of the infield with the defense struggles we already have would be disasterous on this sinker ball pitching staff


NH’s track record is clear. He will not advance a prospect until he earns it. As Dom said, if Polanco is not moved up before mid-June, you can be sure of the same thing for Hanson in 2015.

Dom DiDominic

So, Polanco is slugging .621 and the Pirates are going to skip the Super 2 on Hanson and moving him to SS for opening day? No chance. Same pattern, will call him up in August to Indy, then be there until past Super 2. Then a possible move.


I am good with that as long as the rapid advancement doesn’t crush Hansen’s confidence by becoming over matched. I also have hopes for Ngoepe if he shows he is able to sustain what he has been doing over the first month well into the Summer.


With regards to Maggi, did his decline in status result from a fault of his (couldn’t hit AA pitching) or the emergence of Hansen at WV in 2012? Is his defense solid enough that he has a future as a utility man in MLB? It took Lambo a couple of years to figure out AA pitching. Maybe it will be the same with Maggi.


Thanks John. It would be cool if Maggi ends up as the Pirates breakout player this year.

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