Alen Hanson

Position: INF
Born: 10/22/1992
Height: 5'11
Weight: 180
B/T: S/R
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on July 14, 2009 (PIT).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: Hitting .288 in 27 games at Indianapolis (Triple-A) with two homers, 10 RBIs, seven stolen bases, three doubles and two triples.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Indianapolis May 16 when OF Starling Marte went on paternity leave.
MLB Debut Date: 5/16/2016

Debut Details
May 16, in an 8-5 win against the Braves. Pinch-hitting for LHP Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning, he led off the inning striking out swinging against RHP Williams Perez.

Player Notes
Hanson wouldn’t have to wait too long for his first big league hit, it came the very next night in another win against the Braves, singling in the fifth inning as a pinch-hitter for starter Juan Nicasio. As expected, though, he returned to Indianapolis when new daddy Starling Marte returned from his paternity leave. His versatility in the field is a plus – he started his career as a shortstop but now plays primarily second base, third base and left field. The fastest base runner in the system, he can make things happen and has a solid enough bat to turn singles into doubles, and doubles into triples, which has translated to a .444 career SLG despite not being a true power hitter. The Pirates’ first player this year to debut in the bigs, he is a .284 career hitter who has progressed steadily up the ladder since signing as a 16-year-old. In 2015 at Indianapolis he batted .263 with six homers, 43 RBI and an International League-best 35 steals along with 17 doubles and 12 triples. He’s tallied double digits in triples each of his four full seasons.

2080 Notes
Hanson checked in at No. 106 on 2080 Baseball’s Preseason Prospect Rankings, where C.J. Wittmann had this to say about him: “Hanson has been around prospect circles for a few years, and improved each year. He could have an average hit tool and has shown he can really run. He possesses up-the-middle defensive profile, most likely at second base, bringing some offensive value to the position.”