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Alen Hanson | Second Baseman | #39

Team: Chicago White Sox
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 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. Jun 17 - 9:21 AM

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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.
Jun 16 - 11:29 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.
Jun 9 - 3:21 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.
May 31 - 7:54 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.
May 4 - 4:33 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.
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

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2Omar Narvaez
3Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Yoan Moncada
2Tyler Saladino
SS1Tim Anderson
3B1Yolmer Sanchez
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Charlie Tilson
2Leury Garcia
3Alen Hanson
4Adam Engel
RF1Avisail Garcia
DH1Matt Davidson
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2James Shields
3Miguel Gonzalez
4Derek Holland
5Dylan Covey
6Mike Pelfrey
7David Holmberg
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R1Tyler Clippard
2Dan Jennings
3Chris Beck
4Jake Petricka
5Juan Minaya
6Gregory Infante
7Nate Jones
8Zach Putnam