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Alen Hanson | Outfielder | #39

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 175
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / PIT
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Giants signed OF Alen Hanson to a minor league contract.
Hanson announced the signing on his Instagram feed. He was non-tendered by the White Sox earlier this month after slashing just .221/.262/.346 with four homers, 11 RBI and 11 steals in 106 games with the Pirates and White Sox this past season. He was a perennial top 50 prospect as he came up through the Pirates' minor league system as a middle infielder. He is 25 years old now but still has enough potential to intrigue the Giants. Fri, Dec 22, 2017 08:15:00 PM

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White Sox non-tendered INF/OF Alen Hanson.

The 25-year-old speedster wasn't going to be arbitration-eligible until 2020, but the White Sox decided to cut bait. Hanson slashed .221/.262/.346 with four homers, 11 RBI and 11 swipes in 106 games between the Pirates and White Sox in 2017. He shouldn't have any trouble finding another club willing to take a chance on him.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 08:13:00 AM

Alen Hanson went 3-for-4 and hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth for the Twins on Thursday.

Hanson is hitting .242/.282/.375 with three homers in 120 at-bats for the White Sox. That's certainly not very good, but since it's better than what teammates Tyler Saladino, Adam Engel and Tim Anderson have done, he might as well get significant playing time in September.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 04:39:00 PM

Alen Hanson finished 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's loss against Cleveland.

It was especially impressive, as the young infielder from the D.R. collected his double off of All-Star Corey Kluber. There's something about Cleveland pitching that agrees with him, as he has back-to-back multi-hit games.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 12:26:00 AM

Alen Hanson is back atop the White Sox lineup for Saturday afternoon's showdown against Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays.

Hanson was inserted into to leadoff spot when Leury Garcia was scratched on Friday and responded by going 3-for-4 with a walk, steal and three runs scored. While he's unlikely to repeat that massive line, he's worth a look as a punt play in DFS.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 09:21:00 AM

Alen Hanson went 3-for-4 with a walk, a steal and three runs scored as the White Sox's leadoff man Friday.

Hanson was making his second start since being claimed off waivers from the Pirates a week ago. He also homered off the bench on Wednesday, so he should be looking at more playing time between second base and the outfield. He needs to be owned in AL-only leagues.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 11:29:00 PM

White Sox claimed 2B Alen Hanson off waivers from the Pirates.

Hanson was once a pretty highly thought of prospect, but he's hit just .205/.239/.261 during his chances in the majors and his minor league numbers had also regressed. Still, he's just 24 and there should be some playing time available for him in Chicago.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 03:21:00 PM

Pirates designated 2B Alen Hanson for assignment.

Entering action on Wednesday, Hanson had received 57 at-bats, but was unable to find any level of consistency in those plate appearances. The 24-year-old infielder hit just .193/.220/.263 with two steals and two triples in that space. He posted seven seasons of at least 20 stolen bases in the minors and if he happens to receive interest while on waivers, it would likely be as a speed bench option.
Wed, May 31, 2017 07:54:00 PM

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.
Thu, May 4, 2017 04:33:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 04:53:00 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.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 05:01:00 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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Nick Hundley
3Aramis Garcia
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Miguel Gomez
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Josh Rutledge
3B1Evan Longoria
2Pablo Sandoval
3Ryder Jones
LF1Hunter Pence
2Jarrett Parker
3Austin Slater
4Mac Williamson
CF1Gorkys Hernandez
2Steven Duggar
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Chris Stratton
5Ty Blach
6Tyler Beede
7Tyler Herb
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Sam Dyson
3Hunter Strickland
4Will Smith
5Derek Law
6Cory Gearrin
7Steven Okert
8Josh Osich
9Pierce Johnson
10Julian Fernandez
11Reyes Moronta
12DJ Snelten
13Roberto Gomez