Alen Hanson
Alen Hanson
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hanson began the year at Triple-A after inking a minor-league deal with the Giants in December. He was promoted to the majors at the end of April after Joe Panik was placed on the DL, taking over at second base and hitting .298/.346/.638 with four homers and three stolen bases in 14 games before landing on the shelf with an injury of his own. Hanson assumed a utility role upon his return but his production wasn't the same over the final four months (.243/.259/.385 with four homers and three steals in 96 games). While Hanson possesses a modest power/speed combo, there remains skepticism about his plate discipline; he walked just 2.9% of the time in 2018 while whiffing at a 22.9% clip. The switch-hitter also showed dramatic platoon splits, as his OPS against RHP was 343 points higher than his mark against lefties. His defensive versatility will likely afford him a bench spot to open 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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Sitting in series finale
2BToronto Blue Jays
April 14, 2019
Hanson is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.
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The Blue Jays haven't been shy about giving Hanson opportunities following his recent acquisition from the Giants, as the utility man had started four of the past five games. Hanson has yet to capitalize, however, recording only three hits and striking out nine times in 18 at-bats since joining the Blue Jays. If he doesn't break out of his slump at the plate soon, Hanson may not be long for the Jays' 40-man roster.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
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#4
#5
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+91%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+78%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .514 128 12 1 7 4 .202 .228 .286
Since 2017vs Right .684 447 62 11 46 14 .245 .277 .407
2019vs Left .276 15 1 0 1 0 .143 .133 .143
2019vs Right .527 16 1 0 2 0 .214 .313 .214
2018vs Left .439 76 3 0 5 1 .183 .200 .239
2018vs Right .782 234 33 8 34 6 .274 .297 .484
2017vs Left .766 37 8 1 1 3 .265 .324 .441
2017vs Right .578 197 28 3 10 8 .213 .250 .328
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .655 290 37 6 26 7 .234 .260 .394
Since 2017Away .638 285 37 6 27 11 .238 .272 .366
2019Home .522 10 1 0 1 0 .222 .300 .222
2019Away .348 21 1 0 2 0 .158 .190 .158
2018Home .715 147 20 3 19 4 .252 .276 .439
2018Away .685 163 16 5 20 3 .252 .272 .413
2017Home .598 133 16 3 6 3 .214 .241 .357
2017Away .620 101 20 1 5 8 .231 .290 .330
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How does Alen Hanson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.09
 
BB Rate
3.2%
 
K Rate
35.5%
 
BABIP
.278
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.179
 
OBP
.226
 
SLG
.179
 
OPS
.404
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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As a prospect with the Pirates in 2012, Hanson's combination of power and speed at Low-A West Virginia put him on the radar for dynasty league players, hopeful that those tools would be refined over the years and eventually lead to a fantasy-friendly contributor with middle-infield eligibility. As he moved up the minor-league ladder, it became clear that the power he flashed was mostly the byproduct of low-level pitching, and his stolen-base upside is capped by limited on-base skills. The White Sox claimed him off waivers in June, and he put together an empty .231/.276/.375 line while appearing at six different defensive positions last season. His speed is legitimate, as he went 9-for-11 as a basestealer, but the White Sox non-tendered him in December, making him a free agent. Hanson signed a minor-league deal with the Giants shortly thereafter and will have to scratch and claw to break camp with a roster spot.
It seems like the 24-year-old Hanson has been around forever. After all, he was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2009 and made his first appearance on top-100 prospect lists in 2013. He finally made his major league debut in 2016, going 7-for-31 in 27 games while serving as a frequent pinch runner. He stole two bases in three tries after nabbing 36 bags in 51 attempts for Triple-A Indianapolis. Hanson has the pop to hit for extra bases and the speed to make an impact in the big leagues, but the Pirates have shown concern for his ability to focus on and off the field. It wouldn't be surprising if Pittsburgh explored the trade market with Hanson, as Adam Frazier has passed him at the big league level and he's out of options heading into 2017.
It’s hard to believe, but Hanson has already played six years in the Bucs' organization. Still only 23, the second baseman has been brought along slowly. Hanson has displayed great wheels, hitting 12 or more triples in each of the last four years. He also swiped 35 of 47 bags last season. With the Pirates' decision to trade Neil Walker to the Mets, Hanson figures to make his MLB debut as soon as 2016. He’ll provide fantasy owners with stolen bases immediately, but it's possible that he will return to Triple-A until an injury opens up a regular spot at second base since Jung-Ho Kang, Jordy Mercer, and Josh Harrison could handle the third base, shortstop, and second base jobs to begin the year.
On the surface, Hanson's Double-A numbers in 2014 -- .280/.326/.442 with 11 homers and 25 steals -- keep him squarely planted on Pittsburgh's prospects chart. He was benched on two separate occasions for a lack of effort, however. At 22, the big on-field question surrounding Hanson has been whether he can stay at shortstop or if second base better suits his skillset. He played 100 games at shortstop (29 errors) and 17 at second (four errors). His offense is close to major-league ready, but the Dominican product continues to face maturity questions. There's a chance the organization trades Hanson, giving him a fresh start, but he figures to start the season in Triple-A with a possible callup by season's end.
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 triples and eight homers. He also stole 30 bases in 46 attempts and posted a 41:96 BB:K ratio. A switch-hitter, the 21-year-old Hanson can play second base, shortstop or third, but has thus far stuck at short. It's encouraging he rebounded from his struggles and retained his prospect tag. Pittsburgh sent Hanson to the Arizona Fall League -- he hit .253 and stole six bases in 79 at-bats -- and added him to the 40-man roster in November. Most likely, he'll start the 2014 campaign at Double-A, where the organization will get a better look at him in his first full year at an advanced level.
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.
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Late addition to lineup
2BToronto Blue Jays
April 4, 2019
Hanson will start at second base and hit ninth Thursday against the Indians, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Added to active roster
2BToronto Blue Jays
April 4, 2019
Hanson was added to the Blue Jays' active roster Thursday.
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Dealt to Toronto
2BToronto Blue Jays
April 2, 2019
The Giants traded Hanson along with pitchers Derek Law and Juan De Paula to the Blue Jays on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Kevin Pillar.
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Won't make Opening Day roster
2BSan Francisco Giants
March 26, 2019
Hanson will not be on the Giants' Opening Day roster, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Fighting for utility role
2BSan Francisco Giants
March 7, 2019
Hanson is batting .200 (4-for-20) with a home run and a steal this spring.
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