Hanson set to join club

Alen Hanson, one of the top-rated prospects in the Pirates organization, has been promoted from Single-A Bradenton to Altoona and will play Tuesday night against Binghamton, Curve manager Carlos Garcia confirmed on Sunday.

“It is exciting,” Garcia said about getting the new prospect. “He provides more offense and more speed.”

Hanson, a shortstop, is the No. 5 prospect in the organization as rated by Baseball America. He is also the No. 61 best prospect in all of the minor leagues, and Baseball America name him the fastest baserunner in the system after 2011.

Garcia added that Hanson will work on his defense as well. In 91 games with the Marauders, Hanson recorded 25 errors at shortstop.

Hanson, who was pulled from his game in Bradenton on Sunday, has hit .281 this season with Bradenton and has 23 doubles with 48 RBIs.

He now joins prospects Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco in Altoona. All three have been rumored as possible pieces in trade discussions for the Pirates.

Taillon is the No. 2 prospect and Polanco is No. 4 and No. 1 rated position player.

Hanson also joins one of the best position players in the system, Alex Dickerson, who has been on a tear in the months of June and July. He has hit higher than .300 in the two months and now has 59 RBIs.

Hanson’s sports agency, LA Sports Management, tweeted a congratulations to the prospect. It was the first glimpse Hanson was on his way to Altoona.

Garcia later confirmed the news.

Hanson will be the everyday shortstop and will replace Gift Ngoepe. Garcia also added that Ngoepe has returned to the U.S. after dealing with his mother’s death. Ngoepe will be in Bradenton soon, according to Garcia.