Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury

On Sunday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson returned after missing seven weeks due to a right hand injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch. His return to the lineup didn’t last long though. After playing second base in the first inning(handling one grounder) and then grounding out to third base in the bottom of the inning, Hanson was replaced on defense to start the second...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Homers, Alen Hanson Takes Batting Practice

The biggest news from winter ball happened in Bradenton, where Alen Hanson took batting practice and looked good as he recovers from a hand injury suffered during a game back in late October. Hanson was hit by a pitch on his right hand and immediately removed from a game six weeks ago. He needed to come back to Pittsburgh for an evaluation and while nothing was broken, Wednesday...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Could Return Soon

On Friday night in the Dominican, Tony Sanchez went 0-for-3 and allowed two stolen bases in two attempts. He is hitting .107 through 28 at-bats and he is 2-for-10 in throwing out base runners in nine games. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. His average dropped down to .237 in 114 at-bats. Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .250/.290...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Where is the Offense?

As you will see with the bigger names listed below, there isn’t much offense going on among Pittsburgh Pirates players in winter ball. It’s still early for some of them, but no one has impressed this year like Gregory Polanco did last season, or taken a leap forward like Elias Diaz did by holding his own against better competition than he faced during the regular season last...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Update on Alen Hanson, More Hitting From Mel Rojas Jr.

We got an update on Alen Hanson’s injured right hand, which isn’t much, but that can be considered good news. Hanson will return to the United States to be reevaluated this week. I was told that there were no setbacks in his progress. Last we heard on October 30th was that Hanson would miss at least three weeks after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch. In the Dominican on...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Good News on Alen Hanson’s Injured Hand

After a report out of the Dominican said that Alen Hanson would undergo surgery in the United States for his injured right hand, Hanson’s agent took to Twitter with an update that had much better news. Hanson’s injury won’t require surgery and he will miss “at least three weeks”. From the sound of it, that means he will return to play winter ball this year. The injury occurred...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Update on Alen Hanson’s Hand Injury Doesn’t Sound Good

Last night in the Dominican Winter League, Alen Hanson was hit on the right hand by a pitch from Daniel Cabrera and immediately left the game. It was reported that his hand was “pretty swollen” after the game and the extent of the injury was unknown. Reports from the Dominican today are that he is now in a cast and will probably be headed to Pittsburgh for further evaluations...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Leaves Game With Hand Injury

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Alen Hanson singled in his first at-bat, then was hit by a pitch from Daniel Cabrera during his second plate appearance. The pitch hit Hanson on the hand and he immediately left the game. The early word on the injury was a swollen right hand, but no word on the severity of his injury or how much time he could miss. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Reaches Base Three Times Again

In the Dominican on Friday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-3 before being pinch-hit for late in a one-sided game. He was at second base again after splitting the previous game between shortstop and second. Rafael Perez pitched against Hanson’s team and the first batter he faced was the pinch-hitter for Hanson. He got a fly ball for the final out of the seventh inning. In the eighth...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: A Couple Players See Time at Their Old Positions

Wednesday night in winter ball was busy for Pittsburgh Pirates players. Ten of them saw action and we start with play in the Dominican. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 with a walk. His team lost 4-1 in ten innings and Hanson split the game evenly between second base and shortstop, moving over after the fifth inning. Rafael Perez threw a shutout inning of relief, retiring the side in order...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Homers During Team’s 5-3 Victory

On Tuesday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson batted lead-off and went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the ninth inning and an RBI single earlier in the game. He reached base four times and scored four runs in his season debut on Saturday. Hanson was the designated hitter, after playing second base in his first game. In that same game, Mel Rojas Jr. also batted lead-off and played...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut

On Saturday night in winter ball, eleven Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action between play in Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican. In the Dominican, Alen Hanson made his season debut and it was a great one. He went 2-for-3, collecting two singles, two walks and he scored four runs. Hanson was at second base, where he expects to play all winter. Willy Garcia also made his debut,...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Makes Season Debut, Allie Extends Hit Streak to Six Games

The Dominican League started play on Thursday night, with Alen Hanson among the seven players on the rosters for the two teams that played on opening night. On Friday night, all six teams were expected to play, but there was one rain out. Mel Rojas Jr. played his first game for Tigres del Licey and went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He played center field and was the only Pirates...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Dominican League Opened Season on Thursday Night

Two days worth of recaps as Wednesday was a slow night in winter ball and Thursday was the start of the Dominican Winter League. In Mexico on Wednesday night, Stetson Allie went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk. The double was his second of the season and he has hits in each of his first five games. On the downside, Allie committed his second error and he struck out twice, giving...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball America’s EL Top 20 List Offers Some Big Surprises

Baseball America released their top 20 list for the Eastern League today and two Pittsburgh Pirates players were on the list, but it’s likely not the two you would suspect. You can see the list here and when they release the scouting reports later, we will update this article with the new link and some comments. Diaz was voted the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League ...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Coming into the season, the GCL Pirates looked like a very interesting roster, with a lot of the best picks from the 2014 draft, along with several interesting players making the jump from the DSL. Not every player worked out, but the GCL roster lived up to the hype. The result at the end of the year as one of the strongest prospect groups of any team in the system. Below is a recap...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Did the New Team in Bristol Benefit the Pirates System?

Today I wrote up the 2014 Jamestown Jammers and Bristol Pirates season recaps, which you can check out by clicking on each of those team names. From a talent perspective, these two teams were clearly the weakest in the system. Some of that might have been due to the changes the Pirates made, adding an extra short-season team in Bristol this year. There are multiple reasons a team...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Highlights of Alen Hanson, Josh Bell, Austin Meadows and More From Friday

Today’s morning report consists of highlights from Friday’s Fall Instructional League game. The Pittsburgh Pirates “defeated” the Phillies with a lineup that consisted of Alen Hanson, Austin Meadows and Josh Bell in the top three spots. Dario Agrazal Jr started the game and he was followed later by Shane Carle, Angel Sanchez, Jerry Mulderig and Jake Burnette. The other Pirates...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The West Virginia Power have featured a lot of breakout players over the last few years. In 2012 it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. Last year it was Tyler Glasnow emerging as a top prospect. This time around they were expected to see a lot of breakout candidates. However, injuries prevented that from happening on a grand scale, limiting the seasons of Austin Meadows, Harold...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: The Altoona Prospects Should Provide Plenty of Help for Pirates

Yesterday, we took a look at the top ten prospects for Indianapolis and mentioned how the bottom of the AAA list almost always looks weak compared to other levels. I pointed out that other levels usually have guys that seem like top ten prospects, but they get squeezed out due to numbers. The higher you go in the organization, the more prospects fail, so it’s no surprise that AAA...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona featured a lot of breakout players this year, including two of the biggest breakout stories in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system in Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz. They also had their share of top prospects throughout the year, including Nick Kingham at the start of the year, and Josh Bell at the end of the year. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015

Today we started our 2014 season recap series by looking at the 2014 Indianapolis Indians. As the Triple-A team, Indianapolis obviously provides the depth for the Pirates throughout the year. This year the depth wasn’t that strong on the position player side, although the additions of Vance Worley, Jeff Locke, and Brandon Cumpton helped the rotation at times throughout the year...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Pirates Have a Talented Instructional League Outfield

The Fall Instructional League roster came out on Monday for one of the Pirates two teams. The other one will be out later this week and we will discuss them then. The first team starts play on Wednesday and the roster is loaded with talented players. It’s possible that the Pirates could use these players in the same lineup for a game if they wanted to: C Reese McGuire 1B Josh Bell...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster and Schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin the Fall Instructional League this week, commonly referred to as “instructs”.  The first games will be played on Wednesday, and the first day with full rosters in action will be on Saturday. Instructs is a league for minor league players, mostly guys in the lower levels, to get additional work at the end of the year. As the name of the league...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Where is the Speed?

While looking over the leaders in stolen bases for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, it looks like a lot of players stole bases this year at a decent clip. There were no huge totals, but 29 players reached double-digits and eight of them had at least 20 steals. That might seem good for the future of the Pirates on the surface. Hanson looks like the only sure stolen bse threat for...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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