Alabama-Huntsville’s Kaylib Hanson will sport green and gold for Winchester on June 1st.
The Royals roster will stretch as far as Alabama this summer as Alabama-Huntsville’s Kaylib Hanson will sport green and gold for Winchester on June 1st.
Hanson has not gotten the chance to play for the Chargers yet, as he will be transferring after two successful seasons at Snead State. He will be making the transition from JUCO to Division II NCAA baseball next spring, similar to what the Royals’ Jordan Huntley experienced this spring.
In his sophomore season catching for the Parsons, Hanson showcased his all-around hitting ability. He clubbed a conference-leading 17 home runs while boasting a .294 batting average. He reached base 39 percent of the time and led his team with a .675 slugging percentage and 46 runs batted in.
“I feel like my greatest strength is definitely hitting. I feel like I’m more of a power hitter than a just base hit guy,” Hanson said.
Behind the plate, the rising junior committed zero errors in the field in the 51 games he played. He was also responsible for 58 putouts.
The Royals will greatly benefit from his raw power he has displayed at Snead State. He has the potential to be a potent power threat in the middle of the Royals lineup.
Hanson learned about the Royals through a former teammate at Snead State Community College, Will Guay. Guay recommended his teammate’s services to Royals head coach Jacob Mays, and Hanson jumped at the opportunity.
“(Guay) told Coach Mays about me. Felt like it was a good opportunity to go out and see some quality pitching,” Hanson said.
Hanson will join two other catchers, Donald Ring and Samyr Santos, in a promising trio that Mays will platoon this summer.
For Hanson, the main goal this summer is improvement as he prepares to take his game to the next level before transitioning to the NCAA.
“Definitely improving on my catching and hitting and all the way around,” Hanson said.
As the Royals 40th season is set to begin in a little over a week, Hanson will provide some muscle and consistency in a lineup that is ideal for a successful offensive attack.