21-Year-Old Shortstop – Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Hanson recovered from a horrendous start with High-A Bradenton to post decent numbers split between High-A and Double-A in 2013. For the year, he slashed a combined .274/.329/.427 with 27 doubles, 13 ...
Hanson was benched for the second straight game Sunday for disciplinary reasons, the Altoona Mirror reports. "Enough is enough," Curve manager Carlos Garcia said. "It's time to grow up...as a ballplayer and a person, and a responsible person will understand what he's here for."
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Pittsburgh Pirates Roster
MajorsAlvarez, Pedro (3B)
AAAAndino, Robert (2B)
AAAllie, Stetson (3B)
A+Balester, Collin (P)
ABarnes, Barrett (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hanson's scant build (5-foot-11, 152 pounds) belies a promising blend of power and speed. The 20-year-old infielder moved front-and-center in 2012 with 16 homers and 35 stolen bases for Low-A West Virginia. A 55:105 K:BB ratio and 40 errors are areas of concern, but whether he settles in at shortstop, second base or even the outfield, it won't affect his offensive potential. Pittsburgh is in dire need of prospects who can flat-out hit and may have found a hidden gem in this young Dominican. Hanson will likely start 2013 with a promotion to the Florida State League (High-A). He's a ways off, but should be grabbed in dynasty leagues.