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Alen Hanson | Second Baseman | #37

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 175
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Alen Hanson went 0-for-3 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Reds.
It's just 29 at-bats, but Hanson has yet to show he's going to be much of an asset in a utility role. The Pirates will be tempted to keep Gift Ngoepe over Hanson when Adam Frazier comes off the disabled list, but the fact that Hanson is out of options still weighs big in his favor. May 4 - 4:33 PM

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Alen Hanson went 3-for-5 on Friday and is hitting .379 this spring.

The Pirates probably can't carry Adam Frazier, Phil Gosselin and Hanson, which makes one wonder if they might trade one of the latter two before Opening Day. Hanson is the one of the trio out of options, which could leave Gosselin vulnerable to a demotion. Frazier's spot isn't in doubt.
Mar 17 - 4:53 PM

Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI Thursday as the Pirates topped the Rays 10-8.

Hanson is 5-for-15 with just one strikeout in the early going, so that's pretty good. Less good is that he's 0-for-3 stealing bases. The longtime prospect is out of options this spring, and he'll likely be picked up by someone if the Pirates decide not to keep him as a bench player.
Mar 9 - 5:01 PM

Alen Hanson is making his first career start on Saturday, batting eighth and getting the call at second base against the Reds in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

The 23-year-old has appeared in 15 games for the Pirates this season, but has totaled just eight plate appearances, going 2-for-8 (.250) with a double. He has speed to burn, as evidenced by his 36 swipes in 110 games at Triple-A this season.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 10:35:00 AM

Pirates recalled INF/OF Alen Hanson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Hanson will be available off the Pirates' bench on Tuesday night against the Cubs. The versatile 23-year-old has batted .266/.318/.389 with eight home runs and 36 stolen bases in 110 games this season at Triple-A.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 07:40:00 PM

Pirates optioned INF/OF Alen Hanson to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Hanson served as depth for the Pittsburgh bench while Starling Marte was away on paternity leave. The 23-year-old went 1-for-2. He'll be back up at some point.
Thu, May 19, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Pirates recalled INF/OF Alen Hanson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Hanson will just be receiving a brief cup of coffee with the Pirates in this stint with the big league club, as he is only being called up to take the spot of Starling Marte while Marte is on paternity leave (up to three days). The 23-year-old Hanson had been slashing .288/.309/.398 with two homers and 10 RBI over 118 at-bats for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Mon, May 16, 2016 02:13:00 PM

The Pirates are expected to recall INF/OF Alen Hanson from Triple-A Indianapolis when Starling Marte goes on paternity leave.

The roster move could happen as soon as Monday. A middle infielder by trade, Hanson has made 10 appearances in left field this season. Hanson's first stint in Pittsburgh will be a short one as players can only be on paternity leave for up to three days. The 23-year-old has hit .288 with seven steals in 27 games for Indianapolis.
Mon, May 16, 2016 08:41:00 AM

Pirates optioned INF Alen Hanson to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Hanson is one of the club's top hitting prospects but is coming off a disappointing season at Indy. He'll continue to hone his skills there for now.
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Alen Hanson went 2-for-2 with two runs scored Saturday in the Pirates' 9-6 win over the Braves.

Hanson is 4-for-6 with a walk this spring. A longtime prospect, Hanson made the move from shortstop to second base in late 2014 and could see time at third base this year, depending on how the Pirates want to play it. What he really needs to do is have a bounce-back year offensively if he wants to go back to being looked at as a future regular. He hit .262/.313/.387 in his first year in Triple-A in 2015.
Sat, Mar 5, 2016 04:59:00 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Monday that infield prospect Alen Hanson will begin receiving some playing time at third base at Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Pirates had already been planning to give Hanson some reps at third, but injuries to Josh Harrison (thumb) and Jordy Mercer (knee) have moved the timeline up. Hanson would probably need at least a couple weeks of experience at the position before the Pirates considered promoting him, and at that point they might have already traded for infield help. Still, it's notable. Hanson, 22, has hit .286/.332/.421 with five homers and 25 steals at Indy this season.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 06:41:00 PM

Pirates prospect 2B/SS Alen Hanson has been placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Indianapolis with a fractured left pinkie.

The roster move is retroactive to June 16. Hanson, 22, was named Player of the Month in the International League for May thanks to a .362/.403/.595 batting line, 16 extra-base hits (four home runs), 18 RBI and seven steals in 28 games. Overall, the switch-hitting middle infielder has quietly put together a strong season at Indianapolis, batting .285/.329/.426 with four home runs, eight doubles, eight triples, 36 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 62 games. While it’s unclear how long Hanson will be sidelined, it shouldn’t ruin his chances of reaching the major leagues later this season.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 01:00:00 PM

Pirates prospect 2B Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Tuesday for Double-A Altoona.

Gregory Polanco’s rise through Pittsburgh’s system this season has overshadowed Hanson’s strong performance in Double-A, where the 21-year-old switch-hitter has posted a .283/.328/.449 batting line with 21 doubles, 12 triples and 11 home runs through 115 games. He’s also stolen 24 bases in 33 attempts. Hanson has spent most of his professional career at shortstop, but he’s been playing second base exclusively since the beginning of August. He’s already committed four errors in 14 games at the keystone, though the position change hasn’t affected his production.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Pirates second base prospect Alen Hanson went 2-for-5 with a triple for Double-A Altoona on Friday.

Hanson has officially been moved from shortstop to second base, and has kept hitting, going 8-for-25 over his first six games since the change was made. He is hitting .307/.350/.463 since the beginning of June, raising his season line to .282/.323/.445. The most likely route is for Hanson to spend the rest of the season in the Eastern League and open 2015 with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Pirates infield prospect Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a home run for Double-A Altoona on Saturday, raising his season line to .269/.305/.434.

Since the beginning of June, Hanson has hit .297/.328/.450 with seven doubles, two triples, and two home runs. It may be unfair to expect more out of a 21-year old already playing in Double-A, but his monster 2012 season raised the bar against which all of his future performance will be measured.
Sun, Jul 6, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Gift Ngoepe
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Andrew McCutchen
2Daniel Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Tyler Glasnow
6Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Juan Nicasio
5Antonio Bastardo
6Johnny Barbato
7Wade LeBlanc
8Josh Lindblom
9Jhan Marinez