Alen Hanson has been placed on the Altoona disabled list with a hamstring injury. The injury was suffered last week, and will almost certainly end Hanson’s season, since the season only has a week remaining. Drew Maggi has been activated off the Altoona DL as a corresponding move.
Assuming this does end Hanson’s season, he finishes with a .280/.326/.442 line in 482 at-bats. He also made the switch to second base recently, with a focus on getting his bat to the majors at some point during the 2015 season. The switch also followed continued struggles from Hanson at the shortstop position. He should be expected to move up to Indianapolis next year, and could be a mid-season callup candidate.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.