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Prospect Highlights: Two Key Hits From Alen Hanson, Triple By Mel Rojas Jr.

In Trenton over the weekend, Alen Hanson had two hits that drove in two runs apiece. While he probably isn’t expected to drive in many runs at the top of the order, Hanson actually leads all Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players with 30 RBIs since May 1st. During that time span, he has 17 extra-base hits. The first big hit was from Friday night’s 11-2 win. Hanson had three RBIs in the game, two of them coming on this double over the center fielder’s head. An interesting thing about these highlights is that they come from both sides of the plate.

On Sunday, Hanson plated two more runs with this single.

Mel Rojas Jr. hit this triple for Indianapolis on Saturday night. Since being promoted to AAA, he has a .367/.424/.467 line in nine games. On the season between Altoona and Indianapolis, Rojas has an .834 OPS.

Finally, we have a highlight from a non-prospect that is too good to pass up. Vance Worley threw eight innings yesterday for Indianapolis, picked up the win and hit this home run. It was his first home run since 2010 and third of his career, all in the minors.

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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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deacs

Why is he considered a 4th OF? Is he a little above average in everything but not great in everything?

leowalter

deacs,FWIW ,from what I have seen of Mel Rojas,only in an organization such as the Pirates, and possibly a few others, would he be considered just as a 4th OF prospect.

leadoff

Rojas is coming like a freight train.

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