Prospect lists are always a nice way to pass these long, dark days of January in the East. It's even better to review the Top Shortstops in Major League Baseball and see a young Pittsburgh Pirates player in the top ten.

Jonathan Mayo has put together the list for 2013 and Alen Hanson checked in at number eight. What is really interesting about the article is checking out the top ranked shortstops as ranked by Mayo over the past two seasons. [chart below]

Does anything stand out to you? A number of the top shortstops have moved to other positions. Shortstop isn't for just anyone, it's a position that will eat most players alive.

The question we have is can Hanson stick at short? It's just another reason to be pumped about the 2013 season. Should Hanson's athleticism allow him to have another big season like his .309/.381/.528 line with 35 bags stolen in 124 games AND his defense improves over the 40 errors last season, the Bucs could actually have one of the games brightest prospects.