Alen Hanson
Alen Hanson
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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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$Traded to the Blue Jays in April of 2019. Released by the Blue Jays in August of 2019.
Cut loose by Toronto
2BFree Agent  
August 4, 2019
Hanson was released by the Blue Jays on Sunday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Hanson hasn't been able to find his stroke at the plate in 2019, slashing .187/.232/.271 with three homers and 18 RBI through 48 games with Triple-A Buffalo. He'll head to the open market as a result of his poor performance.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+78%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .523 136 14 1 8 5 .206 .237 .286
Since 2017vs Right .673 456 63 11 46 14 .241 .274 .400
2019vs Left .408 23 3 0 2 1 .190 .217 .190
2019vs Right .376 25 2 0 2 0 .136 .240 .136
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
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+72%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .653 298 39 6 26 7 .232 .264 .389
Since 2017Away .625 294 38 6 28 12 .234 .267 .358
2019Home .533 18 3 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200
2019Away .310 30 2 0 3 1 .143 .167 .143
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.18
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
35.4%
 
BABIP
.259
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.163
 
OBP
.229
 
SLG
.163
 
OPS
.392
 
wOBA
.177
 
Exit Velocity
80.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
22.2%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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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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Remains in organization
2BToronto Blue Jays  
May 7, 2019
Hanson cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Removed from 40-man roster
2BToronto Blue Jays  
May 3, 2019
Hanson was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Friday.
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Benched again Thursday
2BToronto Blue Jays  
April 18, 2019
Hanson is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Twins.
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Out of lineup
2BToronto Blue Jays  
April 17, 2019
Hanson is not starting Wednesday against Minnesota, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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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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