Alec Hansen

Alec Hansen scream face delivery, for Great Falls Voyagers, 2016 (photo provided to FutureSox by Michael Grennell)

Alec Hansen announces his delivery, for Great Falls Voyagers, 2016 (photo provided to FutureSox by Michael Grennell)

Position: RH SP
Born: 10/10/1994
Ht: 6'7" Wt: 235
Acquired: Drafted 2016, 2nd Round - (49th overall) from University of Oklahoma
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #5 - 2016 Midseason
  • #7 - 2017 Preseason
  • #8 - 2017 Midseason
  • #4 - 2018 Preseason
  • #8 - 2018 Midseason
  • #12 - 2019 Preseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • Pitching Prospect of the Month, July 2016
  • Pioneer League All Star, Postseason 2016
  • #2 Prospect in the Pioneer League, 2016 post-season (Baseball America)
  • #96 Prospect in MLB, 2017 Preseason (Baseball Prospectus)
  • South Atlantic League All Star, Midseason 2017
  • #42 Prospect in MLB, 2017 Midseason (Baseball Prospectus)
  • #4 Prospect in the South Atlantic League, 2017 post-season (Baseball America)
  • #9 Prospect in the Carolina League, 2017 post-season (Baseball America)
  • Best Curveball in White Sox system, 2018 (Baseball America)
  • #54 Prospect in MLB, Pre-season 2018 (MLB Pipeline)
  • #57 Prospect in MLB, Pre-season 2018 (Baseball America)
  • #40 Prospect in MLB, Pre-season 2018 (Baseball Prospectus)
  • #48 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2018 (MLB Pipeline)
  • #48 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2018 (Baseball America)

Scouting report

Formerly in consideration for the first overall pick, the White Sox gambled on Alec Hansen's potential and drafted him 49th overall in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Hansen rewarded the White Sox faith and then some in his pro debut across rookie and Low-A, posting a 1.32 ERA, allowing just 24 hits and 20 walks in 54.1 IP, and struck out 13.3 batters per nine innings. The reason Hansen fell to the 49th pick was because his average control in 2015 deteriorated to non-existent in 2016, as he posted a 7.0 BB/9 rate and was demoted from the Oklahoma rotation to the bullpen. Despite the horrific year, ESPN's Keith Law still ranked Hansen 34th overall on his big board. But some supposedly simple adjustments made by the White Sox seemed to make a big difference. In 2017, Hansen doubled down on his debut and exhibited a tour de force, going from Kannapolis (13 starts) to Winston-Salem (11 starts) to AA Birmingham (2 starts) and showing well at all three levels. He finished the year with a combined 2.80 ERA and 12.2 K/9 rate, while still throwing strikes with some consistency (3.2 BB/9). 2018 though was a disaster. Hansen was shut down in Spring Training due to forearm soreness, and did not return to game action (with Birmingham) until mid-June. When he did return, he seemed to have lost all semblance of command and was demoted back to Winston-Salem to finish the year. He walked 59 batters and hurled 10 wild pitches in 51 innings.

It is awfully tough to know what to make of the extreme ups and downs, where his talent has been immense but the risk of a very low floor has become clear. Hansen throws a 70-grade (20-80 scale) fastball that sits 94-97 and can hit 99 with running life, though he has struggled at times to hold that level in the late innings. He also features a mid-80's slider, an upper-70's curveball, and even has flashed an average change-up. His repertoire is built around his that plus-plus fastball. He throws it from a downhill plane and has shown the ability to command it farily well at times but obviously it can all fall apart pretty quick. Hansen's second best offering is a 84-88 MPH slider that projects to a 60-grade FV, and he's using it more and more. A 55-grade curveball and a lightly used change-up round out Hansen's arsenal. Hansen's delivery has been very inconsistent, at times looking cleaner but at other times quite problematic. He also struggles quite a bit with the running game, having a slow delivery time to the plate. Which version will show up in 2019?

Major League Outlook: #2-#3 starter if command allows
ETA: 2020

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