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Friday, December 2, 2022

Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Heating Up, Wyatt Mathisen Hits First Homer


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis – 2-for-5, SB

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/27 Update)

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, BB

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

12. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5, HR

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – In Majors

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-3, 2 BB



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Top Pitcher: Jake Brigham, RHP – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (3), Wyatt Mathisen (1)



Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 6, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Jake Brigham, RHP – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-5, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Nevin Ashley, C – 2-for-4, 2B

Andrew Lambo, LF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jake Brigham put together a strong outing, going seven innings and striking out five, while giving up just one earned run. However, Brigham took a tough no decision. Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a stolen base, but struck out to end the game. Daniel Schlereth took the loss, as he surrendered three runs and did not get an out. Josh Kinney’s scoreless inning streak was ended with a pair of earned run in one inning of work. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Akron 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, LF – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Mel Rojas, CF – 2-for-5

Elias Diaz, C – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson didn’t have the most efficient start, throwing 89 pitches in 4.2 innings. He didn’t give up an earned run, in part due to Jhonathan Ramos stranding two runners. On the season, Sampson has a 1.53 ERA in 29.1 innings, with a 26:10 K/BB ratio. Alen Hanson has been on fire lately, hitting for a .302/.333/.488 line in 43 at-bats over his last ten games. He stole his seventh base tonight. Hanson had a rough start to the season last year, then started heating up around the middle of April. So far, it has been the same story this year. Elias Diaz continued his impressive showing on offense, picking up two more hits to bring his season line to .391/.420/.484 in 64 at-bats.



Bradenton was postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Greensboro 8, West Virginia 7

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top HitterWyatt Mathisen, 3B – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-5, HR

Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-5, 2B

Edwin Espinal, 1B – 2-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Wyatt Mathisen hit his first home run of the year. It was also the second of his career, with his first coming in the GCL in 2012. However, Mathisen missed most of 2013 with a shoulder injury, explaining part of the long break between homers. JaCoby Jones didn’t have a long break between home runs, hitting his second homer in two days. Jones has a .406/.513/.688 line in 32 at-bats over his last ten games. Edwin Espinal hit his ninth double of the year, putting him second in the minor league system, behind Andrew Lambo.

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How has Hanson’s Defense been? the last couple of years, he made a ton of errors and I haven’t heard much about them this year. Has there been a marked improvement for some reason?


I think I read somewhere recently that he’s had (only) 4 errors so far this year. Seems to be improving.

Matt Beam

Hope I’m wrong but Hanson can’t arrive soon enough (even if it’s next summer) as Mercer just looks lost at the moment


looking forward to seeing Jones and Hanson up the middle for a long time to come

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