Two weeks ago I showed off one of the toughest (and most expensive) Bowman Black autographs I have ever picked up. That Austin Meadows autograph brought me done to needing only one Bowman Black autograph of the Pirates, Alen Hanson, who I recently purchased just in time to close out the new year.
Alen Hanson entered the 2014 season with the expectation that he could be a mid season callup along with Gregory Polanco if he showed continued improvement in the field. The 21 year old middle infielder put up strong numbers at the plate in AA despite some minor injuries and an extended period of time missed that the reason still hasn't been revealed.
In 118 games, the switch hitting Dominican hit .280/.326/.442 with 11 HomeRuns and 25 stolen bases. Many see Hanson as a future leadoff hitter that can play 2B, SS, or 3B. Despite the struggle that Hanson suffered last year which dropped his elite prospect status, I personally still think that Hanson will be a very good major leaguer and given the right opportunity in 2015 could have a season like 2014 Josh Harrison. He has incredible bat speed from both sides of the plate and possesses a good bit of pop for being only 5ft10.
Bowman Black will continue to be one of my favorite autographs to collect every year going forward. I will most likely add Connor Joe and Cole Tucker to the list of players I want to get Bowman Black autographs from in 2015. I may also continue to pick up Tyler Glasnow's bowman black cards as well since 3 out of 25 just isn't enough.
If you want to see the other Bowman Black autographs I got in 2014 click here.