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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Returns to the Bench


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 #1, 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 mid-season top 20 update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-4

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 1-for-4

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (7/7 Update)

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates -DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

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

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-5

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – DNP

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Home Runs: Chris McGuiness (7), Jordan Luplow (4), Michael Fransoso (4), Brent Morel (2), Maximo Rivera (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Columbus 5

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chris McGuiness, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Andy Oliver, LHP – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Brent Morel, 3B – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Chris McGuiness hit his seventh homer of the year, and his second in as many days. Brent Morel extended his hitting streak to nine games, and hit his second homer of the year. Jose Tabata had a two hit night, although he’s been struggling since going down to Triple-A. He has a .220/.286/.280 line in 50 at-bats since his demotion. Andy Oliver has had just eight walks in 19.1 innings since the start of June, with 20 strikeouts in that span.



Box Score

Result: Bowie 3, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Tom Harlan, LHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Alen Hanson sat for his second straight game after being removed from a game a few days ago for not running out a pop up. Last month, Hanson was benched for a week due to disciplinary reasons. He’s been hitting well, but the combination of his defensive lapses, and the continued benching is starting to raise some questions about his prospect status, and whether he can get the defensive lapses under control. Cory Giger had a quote from Altoona Curve manager Carlos Garcia on the latest benching. Josh Bell got his second hit in four games with Altoona, and walked for the third time in that span. Dan Gamache has 11 games in Altoona since returning from his injury. He has six doubles in that span, and an .841 OPS, continuing to show his gap power. Tom Harlan made his third start for Altoona since moving up from Bradenton. He had a 2.49 ERA in 50.2 innings in relief with the Marauders, and now has a 3.60 ERA in three starts with Altoona.



Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 11, Dunedin 5

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-5, 2B

Max Moroff, 2B – 1-for-4, 3B, BB

Game Notes: John Kuchno is having a nice season in Bradenton’s rotation. He has a 3.68 ERA in 110 innings over 20 starts. He started off the season struggling with his walks, but has done a better job of that lately, with 18 walks in 66.1 innings over his last ten starts. Kuchno doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts, but has an extreme ground ball rate, including a 12:1 GO/AO ratio tonight. He profiles more as a reliever in the long-term, and could jump to Altoona by the end of the year. Barrett Barnes had three hits, and is now 5-for-17 with two doubles and three walks in five games in Bradenton.



Box Score

Result: Rome 10, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Justin Topa, RHP – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Michael Fransoso, RF – 1-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-5

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Michael Fransoso hit his fourth homer of the year. JaCoby Jones is continuing his impressive month of July, with a .387 average and a 1.160 OPS. Austin Meadows has a five game hitting streak, and hits in six of his seven games with West Virginia. He doesn’t have any extra base hits, but has limited his strikeouts so far, which was an issue at times in the GCL last year.



Box Score

Result: Staten Island 7, Jamestown 4

Starting Pitcher: Montana DuRapau, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, RF – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Erik Lunde, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Erik Forgione, SS – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Montana DuRapau is a college senior who was taken in the 32nd round this year. He’s been impressive so far, working his way into the rotation and putting up a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings, with a 21:4 K/BB ratio. Tonight was his first start where he went more than four innings. Jordan Luplow, taken in the third round, hit his fourth homer of the year. He has a .315/.413/.500 line in 92 at-bats so far with Jamestown.



Box Score

Result: Bristol 4, Johnson City 3

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, DH – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, RF – 3-for-4, 2B

Jerrick Suiter, 1B – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Billy Roth had his second good outing in a row from a runs and hits perspective. He gave up four walks for his second straight outing, showing some big control issues. Roth has 17 walks in 23.1 innings this year, with 22 strikeouts. He’s got a lot of upside, but needs to get his delivery on a consistent level. Maximo Rivera hit his first homer of the year. Nick Buckner had his fourth three-hit game in his last eight games. He also added two doubles, giving him six on the year. Buckner has been hot in July, with a .327 average and a .798 OPS heading into today’s game.



The GCL Pirates were off today.



The National League teams won the DSL All-Star game by a 9-7 score on Sunday and a Pirates player was the difference in the game. Second baseman Raul Siri, who was featured this morning in the DSL Report, hit a two-run homer in the third inning and drove in another run with an eighth inning single. His three RBI day won him the All-Star game MVP award. Pitcher Yeudy Garcia was the only other Pirates player in the game and he also played an important role. He came into the game in the eighth inning, with no outs and two men on. Garcia hit a batter, but kept the American League off the board by getting two strikeouts and a fly ball. That was his only inning of work.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week seven recap here.

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Let me repeat myself from an earlier thread : after watching Hanson for a little over a full season,he does not have the arm to play SS in MLB. When you see a Francisco Lindor or a Gift Ngoepe make a throw, and then watch Hanson,it is pretty apparent. Offensively,I think he is quite a prospect,but he has to be getting pretty annoying to the Curve staff.


What would you do with him? If he hits his way to the majors do you stick him at 2nd, move Walker to 3rd, Pedro to first or do you trade him? The first option involves a lot of moving parts just to make room for Hanson and might not be possible. But some people would say that’s worth it given his offense and speed.


I think you are a little ahead of yourself with Hanson deacs. He has a lot of growing up to do before ever seeing PNC on a regular basis. He isn’t THAT good offensively to promote to AAA, let alone MLB,with his on field actions. If I am not mistaken,this is about the third time this season he has had to have been punished for lack of hustle.


Ok. So hypothetically speaking this kid starts to hustle and reaches his potential. Where would you play him? Would you trade him and try and extend Walker a few years?


My own opinion only : if Hanson got over his attitude problems and progressed through however long the organization thought was necessary,I would extend Walker,hand him the first baseman’s glove,and put Hanson at 2nd base. I might get critcised or ridiculed for saying that,but it is as I said, my own opinion. It is also my opinion that Walker,while rather a limited range 2nd baseman,is a terrific athlete who would take very little time to make an excellent two way first baseman. Plus it would probably extend his career a couple of years.


Not that simple! Ask yourself- is this KID worth all that? Short answer for me- NO! Right now or 2016 NO! Better be a lot of turn around for me. Do you think the others guys (Pirates) want that kind of make-up in their locker room? Heck NO!


No matter what happens I’d like to see Pedro get moved to 1st. Maybe platoon with Gabby if Ike’s second half sucks. He’s killing the team at 3rd. I realize 1st base isn’t as they would say just a “plug and play” position or as easy as everyone says. But it has to be done or he has to play DH. It’s getting out of hand. I would like to see them try this in the offseason.
You try Hanson at SS and if he can’t hack it you move him or Walker. Either way he’s an asset and probably a top 60-70 prospect. Also Mercer is holding his own at SS. Things could be worse.


Most of the major league team has the same problem as Hanson has, they don’t run out anything unless they think they have a chance when they hit it. I don’t know how many times McCutchen could have had a triple instead of a double if he would have hustled out of the box. I agree with the Pirates minor league system, if they don’t teach them to run in the minors they will never get them to run in the majors, I believe the Pirates minor leaguers have a 5 second rule, any body running to first in more than 5 seconds gets some form of punishment.


Bottom line- No matter what his talent! Respect the GAME! The game is bigger than him. Respect the entire front office, coaching staff, teammates, and Pirate fans-especially the young ones! “Hustle takes NO skill”. Given whats going on the the world today, it should be an honor/privilege to play the game. He doesn’t seem to want to understand that important concept!
Shortstop,second basemen, or outfielder whatever! RESPECT the game! Minor league is more about the process- make-up is an important part of the PROCESS.


That seems to be the nature of the greatest percentage of MLB players now,and in the recent past.


I am hoping with Hanson being only 21 all these incidents can be chalked up to youth but lack of hustle to me is a personality trait. I think of past Pirates Prospects who have had discipline problems….the ones I can think of are Tabata and Tony Sanchez. A lot of times immaturity is a major obstacle in a player reaching their full potential. I hope the fact that the Pirates’ fo frowns so heavily on immaturity and poor attitude allows him to make changes before it is too late.


He is NOT gaining any respect from the most important people- “teammates and coaching staff”. They have enough their plate than to have to deal with an immature 22 year old who has been down the same road just a few weeks ago- “lack of hustle”. This kind of behavior at the professional level is totally unacceptable. If he doesn’t grow up real fast- Pirates will be moving on! His defense has always been an issue. Seen them play quite a bit and he needs to take Stetson Allie out to dinner for saving him from more throwing errors. Offense has it moments- lots of bunts for base hits, swinging bunts for base hits but, has shown some power. Baseball is a high failure game- get over the BAD body language and poor hustle on offensive/defensive failures kid!


Hanson is sounding like quite the annoyance. Grow up kid.


This is what happens when you let your minor leaguers read Midre Cummings’ autobiography.

Lee Young

we can only hope he grows up. He IS still young. I remember being his age and being stupid. Now i’m older and wiser (but still stupid….lol)

Dylan Bott

Is it just me or has Casey Sadler been struggling more often than not recently?


3 or less ER in every game since he was sent back to Indy. So maybe it’s you.

Although his last 3 games have been worse than the previous 3.

Dylan Bott

Alright I’m probly just nitpicking I guess. I just seem to remember him giving up 8 or 9 hits recently

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