Hanson continues to impress with Power

After getting off to a scorching pace offensively to start the season, West Virginia Power shortstop Alen Hanson has continued to post impressive numbers.

Hanson caught the attention of scouts everywhere following the hot start by the 19-yeard old, undrafted free agent.

, 81 games into the 2012 campaign, Hanson took some time to stop and reflect on the Minor League Baseball experience.

"I have enjoyed the learning process," Hanson said. "But, I still I have a long way to go to finish the season strong. I come to work every day and know that things can change if I don't prepare."

Dealing with early success can be very difficult for a young, inexperienced player such as Hanson. But the highly-touted prospect hasn't been affected by all the hype.

"I don't worry too much about it," he said. "I still feel like I'm improving. I want to continue to work hard. Lately, I've been putting a lot of work into my defense, as well."

Earlier this week, Baseball American released its Midseason Top 50 Prospect List. The list includes all players in MiLB and Hanson was ranked No. 40.

The La Romana, Dominican Republic native is honored to be placed on the list, but doesn't look too much into this type of recognition.

However, he feels it does show the progression he has made as a player.

"It's a good thing because I started from nothing. People are starting to recognize me for how I play the game," Hanson said. "I'm proud of where I'm at, but my goals aren't met yet. But, I look at the big picture. I will continue to work hard. But only time can tell where I will end up and how good I can be."

His hitting coach, Edgar Varela, also isn't a big supporter of prospect rankings.

"I really don't care about that. As long as he's doing his work, the future is going to tell him where he's going to be at," Varela said.

As for his performance through 81 games, Hanson continues to be at the top in many statistical categories.

He leads the entire South Atlantic League in at-bats (336), hits (111), doubles (25), triples (9), runs scored (72), total bases (202) and slugging percentage (.601).

And, Hanson is second in the SAL in batting average (.335), OPS (.997) and home runs (15).

Even with the staggering numbers to his name, Hanson is still committed to what has got him to this point – hard work.

"I need to continue to do my work the way I'm capable of. But most importantly it comes down to my concentration. I have to stay focused and realize what's important."


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