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Alen Hanson arrives (and the Pirates play the Braves)

The Pirates put Starling Marte on the paternity leave list this afternoon and called up Alen Hanson to fill his roster spot. Hanson has spent the last week or so starting in left field for Indianapolis, and obviously both Marte and the Pirates knew that this situation was approaching, so my presumption is that they’ve called Hanson up to give him a chance to play a little. The...
May 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Happy Hanson Day: Pirates Prospect Receives the Call

With Starling Marte away on paternity leave, the Pittsburgh Pirates have called up prospect Alen Hanson from the minor leagues. Hanson was off to a fine start in Triple-A, slashing .288/.309/.398 with seven steals. He spent all of last season at the Triple-A level, too, and hit similarly well: .263/.313/.387 with 35 steals. Throw in that he’s primarily a middle infielder, and...
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May 16, 2016  |  Discuss

The Pirates’ Potential Position-Player Pickle

The Pirates have a lot of talented players. This is a good thing. But one of the issues with having a lot of good players is that you run out of spots for them. This happened to some degree last season after the team re-acquired Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez, despite possessing starter-type talent, was forced to contend with a crowded third-base depth chart. Now the club might have similar...
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February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Alen Hanson and the Neil Walker trade (plus: the 2016 ZiPS projections!)

In the immediate aftermath of the Neil Walker trade last week, I wrote that I thought that a straight comparison of Walker to Niese was not necessarily a fair assessment of the trade. Walker, after all, will be replaced on the field and in the lineup by (mostly) Josh Harrison, while Niese will be filling a hole in the rotation. That’s important because it means that, if we use...
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

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