Another Alec Hansen start at Great Falls, another "Holy Hell, Alec Hansen" line. He struck out 13 Helena Brewers while allowing just one hit and three walks over six innings on Sunday, and that’s pretty much normal for him in the Pioneer League.
He’s allowed just 13(!) hits and 16 walks over 43⅔ innings. The walk total looks a little high against the inning total, but less so against the 70 strikeouts.
He seems destined for a promotion to Kannapolis any day now, but I’m assuming he’s spending the time getting mechanical changes, or at least habits, hammered into him. That was the knock on him at Oklahoma -- he had a 1-1 arm, but health woes made it hard for him to maintain his delivery, and vice versa.
I’m also assuming he’s maintaining his incredible pitch face. The above photo, courtesy of Kim Contreras from Future Sox from Hansen’s Arizona Rookie League stay, seems to indicate it’s in fine form, but I’m looking forward to the evidence building up to what we can find from his Oklahoma career:
It’s really incredible. He looks like he’s trying to throw a harpoon through Jaws, or a fastball through goblins he hallucinated. Hell, it may be the reason why 19-year-olds can’t touch him. They just learned how to do their laundry.
Sunday’s box scores will appear below shortly.