Meet the Prospects: Alec Hansen

Vinnie Duber
NBC Sports Chicago

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Alec Hansen

Hansen, the 23-year-old right-handed hurler, was the White Sox second-round draft pick in 2016 and is one of the top names viewed as a member of the team's future starting rotation.

A Colorado native, Hansen joined the White Sox organization after pitching at the University of Oklahoma.

Hansen piled up an eye-popping amount of strikeouts last season, his first full season in the minor leagues. He whiffed a combined 191 batters in 141.1 innings between Class A Kannapolis, Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. In just 54.2 innings in 2016, he fanned 81 opposing hitters. A strikeout machine, he made 26 starts at the three stops and finished the year with a 3.57 ERA.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Hansen rated as the No. 91 prospect in all of baseball and the No. 6 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Hansen in the video above.

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