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.

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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