Today’s featured prospect is Alen Hanson.
Weight: 152 lbs.
The Pirates signed the Dominican shortstop back in 2009 as an international free agent.
Here’s a scouting report from MLB:
[quote_box author=”” profession=””]Hanson makes consistent contact and can drive the ball to all fields and will use an inside-out swing as well. An outstanding bunter, he also has the strength to show occasional home run power. He has very good speed and is still learning how to use it to his benefit on the basepaths. Defensively, he has the range and the hands to stay at shortstop, but his arm has been erratic. Hanson will stay at shortstop for now, and more people believe he can stay there than they did before his full-season debut, but some feel he’ll eventually move over to second base.[/quote_box]
His minor league stats through three professional seasons:
Hanson was tremendous in 124 games at West Virginia last season, hitting .309 with 16 homers. His power is impressive for how small he is. Hopefully he can fill out a little bit and put on some weight, as he’s only 20 years old.
Shortstop has been an area of weakness for the Bucs over the last few years, so it’s nice to see a rising star in the system. Hanson was named the eighth-best shortstop prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, and made their top 100 list at #54. MLB estimates he’ll debut sometime in 2015.