Alen Hanson’s tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates came to an end on Friday afternoon when the Chicago White Sox claimed him off waivers
Alen Hanson is no longer property of the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Friday afternoon, he was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. This comes one week after the Pirates designated Alen Hanson for assignment.
Hanson was designated for assignment last Friday when the Pirates recalled Phil Gosselin and Max Moroff from Triple-A Indianapolis. Unfortunately for the former top-100 prospect, things never worked out in Pittsburgh for Alen Hanson.
2017 was the first season of Alen Hanson’s professional career in which he made the Major League team out of Spring Training. However, he is now with another organization.
This season, Hanson had 59 plate appearances for the Pirates. In these 59 plate appearances, he owned a .193/.230/.263/.493 slash line. His wOBA was .210, his wRC+ sat ar 27, and he owned an fWAR of -0.3.
Alen Hanson had a total of 92 plate appearances in his Pirate career. He slashed .205/.239/.261/.500 in these 92 plate appearances. He owned a 15.2 percent strikeout rate, .216 wOBA, and a 31 wRC+. His career fWAR with the Pirates was -0.6.
Alen Hanson has played right field, third base, shortstop, and second base in his Major League career. However, he has struggled at each position. His combined career defensive runs saved (DRS) is -3, with it not being higher than 0 at any position. Furthermore, his UZR/150 at second base is -22.5, while it checks in at 0.0 at every other position he has played.
At one point in time, Alen Hanson was viewed as the shortstop of the future for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now, his Pirate career is officially over as he has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. Hopefully, Alen can find the success on the Southside of Chicago that he never did on the North Shore of Pittsburgh.