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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

The Pittsburgh Pirates have an incredibly deep farm system. Five of the prospects on this list look like future All-Stars and the remaining players should provide Major League depth at the very least. Many of the players have high ceilings and are years away from being ready for the majors, however. Glasnow and Taillon could become a potent combination at the top of the Pirates...
Via Batting Leadoff
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Big Games From Lambo and Polanco

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Alen Hanson got his first start of the Winter. He played two games off the bench prior to his team’s 6-3 loss last night. Hanson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. He handled both chances in the field cleanly. Alen Hanson got his first start in Winter ball Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two walks, a double...
Via Pirates Prospects
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Rewind: Getting to Know Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates added four players to the 40-man roster, protecting them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Everyone knows about Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. They were two of the biggest breakout prospects in baseball in 2012, and have been two of the top 50 prospects in the game ever since. Readers of this site might know a bit more about Casey Sadler and Joely...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Add Polanco, Hanson, Rodriguez, and Sadler to the 40-Man

Gregory Polanco (left) and Alen Hanson (right) have been added to the 40-man roster. The Pittsburgh Pirates have added three players so far to the 40-man roster, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft. So far they’ve added Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Joely Rodriguez. I heard about Polanco and Hanson this morning, although those two were obviously going to be added. Rodriguez...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Scottsdale Eliminated From Playoffs

In the Arizona Fall League on Saturday afternoon, the Scottsdale Scorpions nearly got shutout again by Glendale, this time losing by a 3-2 score. They didn’t collect their first hit until the seventh inning and had just three in the game. Four Pittsburgh Pirates players got into action.  Both Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe were in the lineup on Saturday, after each sat out last...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Two Hits For Alex Dickerson in Loss

On Thursday night in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions had their three game winning streak snapped, losing 4-2 to Surprise.  Three Pittsburgh Pirates were in the starting lineup on Thursday night. Alen Hanson was at the top of the order, playing shortstop. Alex Dickerson was in left field, batting clean-up. Gift Ngoepe was at second base and batting in the nine hole...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Three Hits For Alen Hanson In Win

On Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions picked up their third straight win. The 7-4 victory over Surprise came on a night that Phil Irwin started for Scottsdale and two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Prior to this current mini winning streak, the Scorpions lost eight in a row.   Alen Hanson led off for Scottsdale in the bottom...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Hanson and Ngoepe Collect RBI’s in Victory

On Monday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale was able to break their eight game losing streak, winning 7-4 in ten innings at Peoria. On Tuesday, the same two teams met up in Scottsdale and the Scorpions were able to make it two in a row, winning 4-0 with help from both Pittsburgh Pirates players in the lineup.  Both Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe were in the starting...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

In two weeks and one day, on November 20th, MLB teams will have to submit their 40-man rosters, complete with players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I’ve posted the players who are eligible before, and you should know the rules if you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time. If not, here is a quick refresher on when players become eligible. **If a player was...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Alen Hanson Named to AFL Fall Stars Game

Alen Hanson was named to the AFL Fall Stars Game. The Arizona Fall League announced their “Fall Star Game” rosters, which is the new term for the former Rising Stars Game. Alen Hanson was named to the roster for the East Division, and is the only Pirates prospect who will be in the event. The selection is usually reserved for the top prospects in the league. Last year Vic Black...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Benedict and Thornton Shine In Relief

On Monday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, the Scottsdale Scorpions lost their fourth straight game, going down 4-0 to Peoria. They have been a streaky team this year, losing five in a row after winning on Opening Day, then winning five in a row prior to this current losing streak.  Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. He was at shortstop...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Alen Hanson Picks Up RBI in Scottsdale’s Loss

The Scottsdale Scorpions dropped their third straight game on Saturday, losing 5-2 to Glendale. They are now 7-9 on the season and they have reached the halfway point of the Arizona Fall League. Scottsdale is off tomorrow.  Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup on Saturday. Alen Hanson was in at shortstop and batting lead-off. He grounded out to shortstop on...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 26, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Alen Hanson Homers In Loss, Phil Irwin Struggles

The Scottsdale Scorpions lost to Mesa today by a 7-4 score, dropping their record to 7-7 on the season. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Phil Irwin was the starter and Zack Thornton came out of the bullpen. Irwin ended up taking the loss. Alen Hanson was batting second and came up in the first inning with a man on first. He quickly made the score 2-0...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL: Hanson Hits Walk-Off Single In Extra Innings

Scottsdale continued to play well after a slow start, winning 2-1 over Mesa on a walk-off hit in the tenth inning on Wednesday. They are now 7-6 on the season after losing five of their first six games.  Alen Hanson was back in the lineup after sitting out on his 21st birthday on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he was hitting second in the order. In his first AB, Hanson drew a nine pitch...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Will Be the Next Breakout Player in West Virginia?

It’s not supposed to work this systematically when it comes to breakout prospects. You aren’t supposed to see one team having the biggest breakout players every single season. Normally it should be spread out and random. One year the big breakout might be in Altoona. The next it might be in Bradenton. But for the last two years, the biggest breakout players in the system have...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

For the second straight year, the West Virginia Power featured the biggest breakout prospects in the system. Last year it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson who broke out. This year it was Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie. Along with those two, West Virginia had one of the most talented groups of prospects in the system this year. That was fueled by a strong pitching staff with ten...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn’t start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Alex Dickerson Has Two Hits in Loss

After breaking a five game losing streak last night, Scottsdale lost 10-5 to Surprise on Thursday afternoon to drop to 2-6 on the season. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup today, after none started in last night’s game.  Alen Hanson was batting second today after batting lead-off in his last start. He reached on a bunt single in his first AB, then came...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Bell Could Be a Top 100 Prospect Next Year

Josh Bell could crack a top 100 prospect list next year. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of top prospects in their system. Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco have emerged as consensus top 25 prospects in baseball. Alen Hanson and Tyler Glasnow are both getting attention as top 50 prospects. Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire will most likely crack a lot of top 100 lists next year...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Alex Dickerson and Gift Ngoepe Double in Loss

Mesa knocked off Scottsdale for the second straight day, winning on Tuesday afternoon by a 7-4 score. It was the fifth straight loss for the Scorpions, who used five different Pirates players today. At the plate, Scottsdale continued to have trouble making contact, following up a 17 strikeout game on Friday, with 15 strikeouts on Tuesday. Hanson has made five errors already in the...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season.  Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season.  Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season.  Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season.  Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season.  Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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