The International League today announced that Indianapolis Indians second baseman Alen Hanson has been named the league’s Player of the Month for May. Hanson will receive an award from Minor League Baseball in recognition for his standout performance last month.
Hanson, 22, hit .362 with eight doubles, five triples, three home runs, 18 RBIs and 22 runs scored to help lead the Tribe to the best record in the International League and second-best mark in all of Triple-A Baseball at 18-11. The top prospect led the league in batting average, total hits (42), extra-base hits, total bases (69), runs and slugging percentage (.595), and his .362 average was 12 points better than any batter in the IL.
The Triple-A rookie also concluded just his second month of action with the Tribe having reached base safely in 25 of his 28 games and hitting safely in 23 of those 28 contests. He totaled 15 multi-hit efforts, including five straight from May 17-22, and capped the month with a seven-game hitting streak from May 25-31.
Overall this season, Hanson is batting .311 with 17 extra-base hits, 30 runs scored and 25 RBIs. The native of the Dominican Republic currently leads the IL with 89 total bases and ranks second in both hits (60) and runs scored.
Hanson is the first member of the Indianapolis Indians in exactly one decade to claim an IL Player of the Month Award. Left-hander Zach Duke last took home the honors in May 2005.