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8/28/1986 (30 y, 5 m, 29 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 22, Pick: 27, Overall: 677, Team: Atlanta Braves
$0.1M / 1 Years (2014)
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Year in Review:
After putting three seasons of work in with the Braves’ minor league affiliates, Hanson was finally called up to the big leagues. He took that opportunity, and showed us all that he will likely live up to the enormous hype that has surrounded him. In 127.2 big-league innings, Hanson struck out 116 batters while walking just 46, earning a 2.89 ERA and 11 wins. Batters hit .226 against Hanson, who posted a 1.18 WHIP. He mixed his low-to-mid-90s fastball with a devastating slider and curveball to fool batters and got a first-pitch strike 5% more often than league average.
The Year Ahead:
Hanson has never been a good ground-ball pitcher, but he’s going to have to learn if he wants to keep the ball in the yard. Other than his HR/FB rate, his 2009 numbers were right in line with what was expected from him. The Braves will still be careful with him, so any sign of injury will shelve him for longer than it would for most others, but he seems poised to get 150 innings of work in 2010. Double-digit wins and a sub-3.50 ERA with a sub-1.25 WHIP should be expected. He may not be valuable in September, as the Braves could look to limit his innings and lower his workload to save him for the playoffs or the next season if they aren’t in the hunt. (Zach Sanders)
A talented young pitcher at the age of 24, Hanson will certainly be one of the key pieces of the Braves' roster for years to come. He went about his business in 2010 in the shadow of rookie phenom Jason Heyward and produced a 4.3 WAR as a sophomore starting pitcher. Hanson won just 10 games but pitched more than 200 innings and showed solid control (2.49 BB/9). He does need to improve his consistency, as well as the command of his curveball. Hanson shows an excellent one-two punch with his heater, which has above-average velocity, and deadly slider but he needs a reliable third pitch to upset hitters' timings. If he can learn to keep the ball down a little more, Hanson should increase his ground-ball rate. He's gotten lucky avoiding the long ball so far, but homers could become a thorn in his side in 2011. Hanson should be good for 200+ innings and could strike out more than 200 batters if he continues to make adjustments. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Hanson could develop into a solid mixed-league target in 2011. He has the potential to pitch 200+ innings with attractive strikeout numbers and a good ERA.
Hanson struggled with a shoulder injury that cost him about 10 starts in 2011, but he's expected to be back full strength in 2012. What's full strength for Hanson? A 10% swinging strike rate, as he showed in 2011 for starters, as he raised his strikeout rate to an elite 9.8 per nine innings. The question is if he can return to his home-run-suppressing ways in 2012 -- his 40% career ground-ball rate finally caught up to him, as he allowed 1.18 home runs per nine innings. The health, even though it's his shoulder, shouldn't be a huge concern -- he made over 30 starts (between all levels) in both 2009 and 2010. If the ball stays in the yard in 2012, he should return to a borderline ace level. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Hanson struggled with health and homers in 2011. If he can corral those issues, his increased amount of missed bats could push him into ace territory in 2012.
Tommy Hanson has seen his ERA rise from 2.89, to 3.33, to 3.60, to last year's dreadful 4.48 mark over his four major league seasons. The continued drop in performance allowed what was once thought of as a future Cy Young candidate to be traded for a relief pitcher in Jordan Walden. There are big concerns in Hanson's shoulder, which caused him to be shut down in 2011 and is often looked at as a reason for his fastball dropping from 92.3 miles per hour in his rookie year to last year's lackluster 89.7 average. Now Hanson moves to the American League, though he is fortunate to be pitching in mostly pitcher-friendly ballparks in his division. However, the concerns around his shoulder and his consistently diving performance make him a player worth avoiding no draft day, even though the Angels should boast a tremendous outfield defense and win a ton of ball games. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
The Angels are relying on Hanson to rebound and be a key cog in the middle of their rotation. Do not make the same mistake on draft day, as even with a relatively big name and still some potential, the risk outweighs the potential reward here greatly. Unless he increases his velocity and performs well both in spring training and out of the gate, owners should look elsewhere and let him bring an opponent's numbers down.
2013 was a terrible year for Tommy Hanson, both personally and in pitching terms. Due to the death of his step-brother and the dreaded "forearm tightness," he spent much of the season on the disabled list. After being non-tendered by the Angels, it remains to be seen whether he will pitch in the majors in 2014. It would have been hard to predict this fate for a guy who started off his career as a 3.5 FIP pitcher, although the ERA estimators suggest he was really more of a 4.7 ERA pitcher in 2013 than the 5.42 he ended up with. Still, he's not old, and you have to think some team will try to revive his 2009-2011 self. Should your fantasy team follow suit? Steamer seems to think so, placing him in the low 60s amongst starters. If you agree, you might point to his decent slider and historical strikeout rates. OLIVER, on the other hand, is much more pessimistic, pegging him as a clear non-pick. That might aline with Hanson's terrible mechanics, inability to stay healthy, and lack of a third pitch to help get lefties out. It's fair to say Hanson is a risky choice, so you'll probably want to keep an eye on him, but not actually waste a pick on him. (Steve Staude)
The Quick Opinion:
High-risk, medium-reward -- probably not an enticing pick.
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Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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