Prospect Highlights: Homer From Alen Hanson, Strikeout By Nick Kingham

Yesterday, we concentrated on highlights from the Gulf Coast League, which happened to include a couple at-bats from Andrew Lambo. Today we return to highlights from the upper levels and two players that could possibly play big parts with the 2015 Pirates.

Alen Hanson homered on Saturday night, his eighth of the season and fourth from the right side. On Sunday, Hanson drove home the Curve’s sixth run in the bottom of the eighth inning, leading them to a 6-5 victory over Harrisburg. He had two hits to raise his batting average to .271 through 78 games played. Hanson is leading the Eastern League and all Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players with seven triples. He’s third among all Pirates players with 16 steals, trailing Jeff Roy and Drew Maggi.

Nick Kingham had his first bad AAA outing on Saturday, allowing six runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings. He had six strikeouts, eight ground ball outs and didn’t allow a walk, so there was some good coming out of his worst outing. In his first four starts with Indianapolis, Kingham allowed just on earned run. Shown below is his second strikeout of the game and second one in the second inning.