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Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Extends Hit Streak, Gift Ngoepe’s Defense

Alen Hanson extended his hit streak to 11 games last night with this third inning single that scored Jarek Cunningham. Hanson is hitting .372 during the streak and is now tied for the Curve lead with 36 RBIs. He’s tied with Mel Rojas Jr, who has been promoted, so Hanson will soon have that top spot to himself. Considering the fact he is in the lead-off spot often, that is an impressive total. Hanson also leads the team in hits, triples and stolen bases.

Gift Noepe is regarded as the best defensive infielder in the Pirates system and he shows why on this play at second base. Ngoepe was hitting well early in the year, but the average has dropped off and the strikeouts are starting to pile up, so it’s still questionable as to whether his great defense will be enough to get him to the Majors at some point.

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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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Is there any logical reason to explain Gift hitting .300+ with runners on but sub-.200 with bases empty?

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