Top Prospects of the Weekend: Alec Hansen Strikes Out 15
The weekend saw a few dominant pitching performances by top prospects Alec Hansen and Justus Sheffield. Top draft pick Nick Senzel from last year had a great game at the plate and Nick Neidert threw 6 hitless innings, but would end up with the loss.
7 innings pitched-5 hits allowed-1 earned run allowed-15 strikeouts
Alec Hansen, part of the Chicago White Sox’ deep farm system, had a dominant outing on Sunday. Hansen, who is having a great year thus far, continued the trend this year and showed what kind of pitcher he could be. Hansen started the day off strong, getting a 1-2-3 inning in the 1st and would only allow a double in the 2nd before retiring 3 straight. Hansen racked up the strikeouts in the 3rd inning, striking out 3, but the 3rd strikeout was dropped, allowing the batter to advance. Hansen would answer that with another strikeout, making it a 4 strikeout inning. Hansen would make quick work of it in the 4th inning and the one big mistake would come in the 5th inning. Hansen gave up a solo home run, but that would be the only run he would allow all day. He would rebound strong after the home run, striking out the next 3 batters faced. Hansen would breeze until the 7th inning where he found himself in a 1st and 2nd situation, but he would get out of it and that would be the end of the day for Hansen. Ultimately he would wind up with 15 strikeouts on the day and would earn the win for the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Hansen fell a ton in last year’s draft due to big command issues, but he seems to have sorted it out and is looking like a potential steal for the White Sox. The White Sox boosted there farm system even more with the signing of Cuban Luis Robert and Hansen adds more depth to the system. Hansen could play an important role in the White Sox’ rebuild.