Prospect Profile: Jack Hannahan

Jack Hannahan finally got his career back on track with a solid 2004 campaign, and will look to build on that success in 2005. The one-time third baseman of the future still has hopes of holding down the hot corner in Detroit.

Jack Hannahan
Position: Third Baseman Height: 6-2 Weight: 200
Born: 3/4/1980 Bats: Left Throws: Right

Background
Hannahan was selected in the 3rd round of the 2001 amateur draft out of the University of Minnesota. One of the top collegiate infielders in the nation during his final campaign, Hannahan was immediately dubbed the third baseman of the future in Detroit. Hannahan lived up to expectations during a debut season that saw him hit .311 over two levels, ending the season with West Michigan. In 2002, Jack split his time between Lakeland and Erie, continuing to move quickly, on his way to Detroit. Since that time, Hannahan's career has fallen on some hard times, including a battle with alcohol abuse. The 2004 season finally saw Jack get back on track offensively, posting a .273/.365/.398 line.

Scouting Report
Hannahan's calling card throughout his professional career has been his top-notch defense. The combination of soft hands, good footwork, great instincts, and a strong arm make for a very formidable defensive player. Hannahan's defensive package has been Major League caliber for several seasons, but his bat has yet to catch up. At the plate, Jack has a very consistent, line drive swing that doesn't generate much power. He can drive the ball from gap to gap, but struggles to pull the ball with authority, and is often overpowered by plus fastballs. His strike zone judgment is solid, and has improved in each of his seasons with Erie. For a corner infield prospect, Hannahan's bat is significantly lacking, and he will need to generate more doubles power at a minimum, if he is to have a Major League career. Overall, Hannahan's offensive production would be sufficient for a second baseman, but he'll need to make large strides to crack Detroit's lineup.

Performance

Year

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

SLG%

OPS

2004

Erie

374

.273

21

8

39

60

53

.398

.763


Health Record
Hannahan has not encountered any significant injuries to this point. He has had trouble with some nagging, minor injuries at times, but nothing that should pose a problem moving forward.

The Future
Hannahan will likely hold down the hot corner duties for AAA-Toledo this season, and could see some at-bats in Detroit late in the year. If Jack can continue to progress offensively this season, while maintaining his great defense, he could have an outside shot at the third base job in 2006. Third base has been a problematic position for the Tigers since Travis Fryman left town, and it will continue to be a top priority heading into next season. The opportunity to steal a big league gig is there, it will be up to Hannahan to jump up and take it. The 2005 season will tell a lot about where the 25 year old stands in the eyes of the organization.


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