Today’s featured prospect is Alen Hanson.

Quick Profile
Position: Shortstop
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Age: 20
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 152 lbs.

The Pirates signed the Dominican shortstop back in 2009 as an international free agent.

Here’s a scouting report from MLB:

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.

His minor league stats through three professional seasons:

Year Age Tm Lev G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 17 Pirates FRk 68 244 48 79 10 7 2 28 20 8 22 37 .324 .383 .447 .830
2011 18 Pirates Rk 52 198 42 52 13 7 2 35 24 6 21 34 .263 .352 .429 .782
2011 18 State College A- 3 10 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
2012 19 West Virginia A 124 489 99 151 33 13 16 62 35 19 55 105 .309 .381 .528 .909
3 Seasons 247 941 190 284 56 27 20 125 79 33 99 178 .302 .374 .482 .857

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.

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  1. Blake Must on February 13, 2013

    Should Pirate fans be concerned about the lack of AAA talent? We have had a history of top prospects fizzling out, can guys like Hanson and Dickerson keep it up?

    • fromforbestofederal Author on February 13, 2013

      Blake,

      There’s definitely a lack of rising stars at the Triple-A level, with the exception of Gerrit Cole. However, players like Hanson, Polanco, etc. should be there in a year or two, so only time will tell. The problem with guys like Hanson and Polanco is that they’ve only had one full season to display their talent, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep it up as they progress through the system. The Bucs need plenty of these lower level prospects to pan out, since there really isn’t another wave of talent until their call-ups.

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