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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Prospect Profile: Alen Hanson

February 1st, 2014 at 6:06 PM
By Allan Smith

Recently rated the 67th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com, Alen Hanson is viewed by many to be the future at shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hanson hit .274 with a .329 OBP and .755 OPS in time split between Class-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. His numbers were significantly worse with the Curve, however, as he posted an OBP below .300 and an OPS below .680. He managed to above average power for a shortstop, though, with 27 doubles, 13 triples and 8 home runs.

'PNC Park' photo (c) 2011, Chris Connelly - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The 21-year-old shortstop is known for his fast hands, which help him square up the ball from both the right and the left side of the plate. As evident by his 13 triples and 30 stolen bases, Hanson also possesses above-average speed and is aggressive on the bases.

Hanson is still a work in progress defensively. He has improved his fielding, but his arm still remains a major question mark, particularly from short stop. This may end up facilitating a move to second base.

Look for Hanson, who was rated the No. 54 prospect in the game prior to 2013, to begin the 2014 season as the shortstop for Double-A Altoona, and fans can expect to see Hanson making a push for the major leagues by the end of 2015 or at the onset of the 2016 season.

 

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