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Alen Hanson | Second Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 170
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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. Aug 20 - 2:25 PM

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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.
Aug 9 - 11:54 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.
Jul 6 - 10:35 AM

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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