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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson Triple, Cole Strikeout, Marte in Center Field

The Prospect Highlights today include one actual prospect and two Major League players on rehab at Indianapolis. We start with Alen Hanson, who hit this lead-off triple in the first inning on Sunday. He has 19 doubles, ten triples, ten homers and 20 stolen bases this season. Hanson leads the Eastern League in triples and ranks tied for tenth in stolen bases.

Gerrit Cole made his second rehab start yesterday and did not do well, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. Ryan Palencer has all the details from the outing. Below is a strikeout from his outing, one of three he had in the game.

Starling Marte played three games for Indianapolis before returning to Pittsburgh last night. On Monday, he made this nice catch in center field. Marte struggled at the plate in his brief time in AAA, going 1-for-12 with a double, no walks and five strikeouts. He went 1-for-4 last night with a run scored.

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Say what you want about his hitting, but the range of Marte in the outfield continues to impress.


Hanson continues to stroke! Hopefully the glove comes around now at 2nd base because he could be a solid hitter in the bigs


91-92… Josh Fogg hit 91-92, Cumpton hits 94. Something isn’t right and he should be shut down until it heals. He’s an important part of the long term success of the team.
I look forward to Taillon and Cole and Kingham all bringing heat in a year or so and a month or two this year isn’t worth messing that up. Besides, with all the injuries, we’re in a difficult situation anyhow. The PRNW back is more concerning to me regarding our ability to get into the playoffs this year.


Cole pitched 4 solid innings, seemed to tire in the 5th, does not seem to be a problem to me. I would not be surprised if he throws another rehab to stretch him out more.

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