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Alen Hanson | Shortstop

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 170
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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. Jul 6 - 10:35 AM

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Pirates prospect SS/2B Alen Hanson was 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season Thursday for Double-A Altoona.

Hanson, 21, has struggled this season in his first 22 games for Altoona, batting .237/.276/.366 with six extra-base hits, six steals and a 21/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. This comes after he posted a .679 OPS and 26/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 35 games at Altoona to finish the 2013 season. Hanson's prospect stock has steadily declined since his outstanding 2012 breakout campaign at Low-A West Virginia, but he still projects as a big-league second baseman with good speed and extra-base pop.
May 2 - 1:56 PM

Pirates infield prospect Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a triple on Friday for Double-A Altoona.

Hanson is struggling in 2014, hitting just .220/.264/.320 with a double and two triples through his first 12 games. Hanson's prospect status has lost some of its luster after his .309/.381/.528 line for Low-A West Virginia in 2012, but he still appears to be the long-term second baseman for the Pirates.
Apr 19 - 11:57 AM

Pirates optioned INF Alen Hanson to Double-A Altoona.

Hanson is coming off a season where he hit .274/.329/.427 with eight home runs and 58 RBI in 127 games between High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. The 21-year-old scuffled a bit after his promotion, so the Pirates hope to see some progress. He's still a solid prospect, but will likely be forced over to second base in the long-term.
Mar 10 - 8:29 AM

Pirates purchased the contract of SS Alen Hanson from Double-A Altoona.

An expected move, Hanson is now protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The 21-year-old hit .274/.329/.427 with eight home runs and 58 RBI over 127 games this season between High-A and Double-A. His production dropped off a bit following his promotion, but he's still a very promising prospect considering his age.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Pirates promoted SS Alen Hanson to Double-A Altoona.

Hanson batted .280/.339/.445 with seven home runs and 24 steals at the High-A level. The 20-year-old top prospect should continue to move quickly through the Pirates' minor league system.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 08:17:00 PM

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