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It took until May 22, but there’s finally been an Alec Hansen sighting during the minor league season.
Both FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen and Baseball America’s Bill Mitchell watched Hansen pitch in an extended spring training game this afternoon. Neither reported peak stuff …
Alec Hansen was 92-95 w/ high 70s curveball in 1-2-3 inning for #Whitesox extended spring team.
— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) May 22, 2018
Alec Hansen is on a mound. 92-95 secondaries are rusty, slider (4) 85-87, change (4) 85, curve 80 (5). Filled the strike zone up, which is most important as far as I'm concerned. No Lou Bob today, sounds games like next week for him.
— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) May 22, 2018
… but the point of extended spring training is to pitch against live opposition while the stuff catches up. Hopefully he can take the mound again on regular rest in short order.
- Charlie Tilson singled twice and struck out twice.
- Eddy Alvarez was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
- Robbie Ross is back in Charlotte, and he’s already outpitched his pre-injury stint: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP
- Ti’Quan Forbes led off and went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Blake Rutherford, 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.
- Alex Call went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Luis Alexander Basabe was 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
- Gavin Sheets finally hit his first homer of the year during a 1-for-3 night. He also drew a walk.
- Yermin Mercedes was 0-for-4 with a K.
- Yeyson Yrizarri, 1-for-4.
- Jimmy Lambert: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
*Video of Sheets’ triumph:
Same city, same mammoth power.
— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) May 23, 2018
- Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with an HBP and two strikeouts.
- Evan Skoug, 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Carlos Perez went 3-for-5 with a double.
- Blake Battenfield still has a sub-2.00 ERA: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 WP.