Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/23/14
The key to Alen Hanson’s defense will be consistency. Alen Hanson got off to a rough start in Bradenton this year. The shortstop was coming off a breakout year in 2012, which put him on almost every top 100 prospect list, and on a lot of top 50 lists. The Pirates had a long-term hole at shortstop to start the year, and Hanson looked like the best chance to fill that with an impact player. Yet his first ten games in Bradenton weren’t pretty. Coming in to the year the main questions surrounding Hanson were on his defense and whether he could stick at shortstop. Those questions didn’t let up, as he recorded ten errors in his first ten games. There were also several plays that should have been errors, where Hanson got the home town scoring benefit. The defensive problems carried over to the offensive side of the game, where Hanson was hitting for a .191/.224/.255 line. There were questions about the defense, but the offense didn’t have as many questions, which made the struggles on both...
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