By Jason Shetler
The Chicago White Sox have claimed Alen Hanson off waivers from the Pirates, this according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network. Hanson was designated for assignment last week.
Following a breakout season in 2012 with the Low A West Virginia Power, in which he put up a .909 OPS, along with 35 stolen bases, Hanson emerged as one of the top prospects in the Pirates system. His numbers began to fall off at the AAA level, posting an OPS of .704 combined in two seasons with the Indianapolis Indians (2015-2016).
Hanson was called up to the Pirates in May of last season, after Starling Marte was placed on paternity leave. He made the big club out of Spring Training this year, mostly because he was out of options. Hanson struggled with the Pirates, as he posted just a .483 OPS in 59 plate appearances. This marks the second time this year that the White Sox have claimed a former Pirates prospect off waivers, the other being outfielder Willy Garcia in January.