Hanson was moved from the Giants' spring training to minor league camp Monday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hanson's spring training with the big club will end after going 6-for-20 (.300) with three RBI across 12 games. While he'll likely open the year at Triple-A Sacramento, it's possible that he could make his way up to the majors. However, he doesn't offer much fantasy value, as he slashed .221/.262/.346 over a combined 106 games with the Pirates and White Sox last season.
Hanson announced Friday on Instagram that he has signed a minor-league contract with the Giants. While none of the Giants' prominent beat writers have confirmed as much, Hanson's deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Hanson generated a fair amount of buzz as a prospect in the Pirates' system, but he hasn't been able to hit or get on base enough (.263 OBP) at the highest level to allow his speed to play. He walked at a 5.1 percent clip and had a dismal 21.3 percent hard-hit rate in 106 games between the Bucs and White Sox last season.
The White Sox declined to tender Hanson a contract for 2018, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Hanson failed to impress in an extended audition with the White Sox in 2017 (234 plate appearances), grading out as a below-replacement-level player overall. He got on base at just a .262 clip and hasn't posted an OBP above .340 since advancing past Low-A ball. He can't utilize his best skill (speed) if he's not on the bases.
Hanson went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Rays. Hanson has been getting at-bats at second base with Yoan Moncada (leg) on the 10-day disabled list. Additionally, Tyler Saladino (wrist) was scratched Sunday, which removed another obstacle for Hanson. He has two doubles and two home runs while hitting .350 (7-for-20) over the last five games, but Hanson has shown no evidence that he can sustain such a level of hitting proficiency over long stretches.
Hanson started at second base and went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Minnesota. The White Sox, who have traded several veteran hitters and are bereft of top-end position talent in the high minors, are struggling to put together a lineup of legitimate MLB hitters as the season closes. Now, with injuries to Nicky Delmonico (wrist) and Yoan Moncada (leg), Hanson's versatility is getting him in the lineup regularly -- he's started seven of the last 10 games. He could get between four and six starts per week given the current state of the roster. The opportunities will be there, but whether he hits enough to warrant a spot on a fantasy starting roster is another matter.