Every one who loves baseball can agree with the great Rogers Hornsby when he lamented, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.“ Dodger fans can certainly relate with that statement more this year, than most off-seasons. We actually had a ton of rain, lots of staring out windows and awaiting sunnier days. For those reading from the rest of the country, you heard a Californian complain about the weather. Insert laughter here.____ Now Rogers Hornsby did not have the option of going to play ball in the winter leagues near the equator, like the ball players of today. Times have certainly changed in that respect. Someone with whom this would most resonate, is the player on the mend. Particularly a prospect waiting for the chance to prove himself again. Mitchell Hansen had surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow on January 31st of this year (2017). He is a top prospect in the Dodgers organization who has been dreaming of spring since at least that minor operation in January, after a season in Ogden in which he hit .311 with 11 HR’s and 50 RBI’s. He has been referred to as a potential 5 tool player, he added 11 SB’s and 6 3B’s as a Raptor last year. Hansen was selected not only the player of the week in August (8/14/2016), but also a mid season All-Star for the Pioneer League.
Dodgers OF Prospect
Born: May 1, 1996 20 Plano, Tx
Bats: Left Throws: Left 6′ 4″ 210lbs
High School: Plano High, Texas
College: N/A (Stanford – choice until drafted)
Drafted by Dodgers 2nd Round 2015 (67th Overall)
Mitchell Hansen Batting Stats 2016
Ogden (Pioneer League)
G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR
70 293 55 91 144 8 6 11
RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
50 22 70 11 .311 .356 .491 .847
Recently, I had the chance to speak to Mitchell Hansen at spring training (3/15/17), Quick Chat with Mitchell Hansen and I wanted to know how ready he was for the season, even in the desert heat. He stated with enthusiasm , ” I’m extremely excited, we had a good group of guys up in Ogden last year, we have all made tremendous strides. So, ready to build on that for this season.” Since Mitchell brought up his Ogden teammates, I asked him about last season in the Pioneer League. This is a portion of what he had to say, “Our team in Ogden had a very potent lineup, we had some big dudes, especially in the outfield with Cody Thomas, DJ Peters and I.” Could you imagine yourself a pitcher in the Pioneer League, coming in to face a lineup that featured such menacing figures at the plate, trying to get through Mitchell Hansen and company. Many hurlers pitched carefully to that hitting trio last season.
Watch his swing as he belts his second HR of the game for Ogden last year (Video) Mitchell Hansen HR
When you watch the left handed, fluid, effortless swing of Mitchell Hansen, it is easy to see that he has the potential for a great MLB career, if all goes as planned. The key for 2017 is almost as simple as it sounds, stay healthy and continue to develop his game. With the great instructors, coaches and baseball minds in place in Ogden and in Great Lakes, his development will be monitored closely by the best. Mitchell was eager to complete the last stages of rehab and get back into the full swing of baseball games when I spoke with him last week. Here is what he had to say: “I’m pretty close to healthy and itching and ready to just get back on the field.” Dodger fans are ready for that as well. I believe he will have a fantastic year and his power numbers will steadily increase, even as the competition level increases. The future looks very bright with players like Mitchell Hansen honing his skills in the system. I look forward to the day he wears Dodger blue! Go Mitchell Hansen and Go Dodgers!