Prospect Profile: Jack Hannahan

Jack Hannahan was a high draft pick that the Tigers likewise had high hopes for. An excellent defensive player, Hannahan has yet to see his bat fully come around though. Does he have the potential to hit enough to push Brandon Inge at third base for the big league club?

Jack Hannahan
Position: Third Base 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. Since that time, Hannahan's career has fallen on some hard times, including a battle with alcohol abuse. Despite battling an injury for the majority of the 2005 season, Hannahan had another respectable season, continuing to make his case for at least a backup role in Detroit.

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. Jack moves well at third, staying under control at all times. 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. When Jack becomes conscious of his relatively weak hitting style, he tends to over swing, trying to drive the ball over the fence, at the expense of contact. His strike zone judgment is solid, and has improved as he has matured as a player. 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

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

AA

Erie

22

.136

0

0

1

8

4

.269

.136

AAA

Toledo

238

.269

15

4

28

58

25

.342

.382


Health Record
Throughout his collegiate and professional careers, Hannahan has battled numerous minor injuries, but nothing of significance that will stunt his growth as a player.

The Future
Yet again, the opportunity is there for Hannahan to man the hot corner at AAA-Toledo on a daily basis. In order to get a shot at the next level, not only will he have to put together a nice offensive season, but he will have to remain healthy and in the lineup. At this point, Hannahan's best bet is to have a Chris Truby type career, minus a bit of homerun sock. Truby was a reasonable offensive player with an outstanding glove; a profile Hannahan seems destined to fulfill. Hannahan will be a 6-year minor league free agent following the 2006 season, and it wouldn't be shocking if he went somewhere that allowed him the opportunity to compete for a backup role at the Major League level. The Tigers have given him plenty of opportunities, but injuries and personal demons have always held him back. It's time for Jack to show his true stuff, and earn a chance.


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