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Tommy Hanson

Atlanta Braves — No. 48
Starting pitcher
Born: August 28, 1986 (1986-08-28) (age 23)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
June 7, 2009 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss record     11-4
Earned run average     2.89
Strikeouts     116
Career highlights and awards

Thomas J. Hanson (born August 26, 1986, in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. Hanson was considered by Baseball America to be the # 1 prospect in the Braves farm system going into the 2009 season. That was affirmed by Minor League News, which tapped Tommy as the No. 1 prospect to mid-season in the MLN FAB50 Baseball 2009 rankings [1]. He was called up to the majors on June 3, 2009.[2]


Early life

Hanson graduated from Redlands East Valley High School in June 2004, electing to continue his post-secondary education at Riverside Community College. He played for the Corvallis Knights in the West Coast League, an independant summer collegiate baseball league. In 2005, he was selected in the 22nd round (Pick 677) by the Atlanta Braves[3] as a "draft-and-follow pick."

Minor league career

The following year, in 2006, Tommy Hanson began playing for the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League. In Danville, he began the season as the league's fourth-best prospect, according to Baseball America. That season, Hanson ended up starting Game 2 of the Appalachian League Championship Series, finishing the season 4-1 with three wins coming in relief.[4] He also had a 2.09 ERA with an 0.99 WHIP.[5]


Before the 2007 season began, Hanson was named the best pitching prospect in the South Atlantic League, the ninth-best prospect in the Braves system. He also was named a prospect in the Carolina League and the South Atlantic League.[6] Tommy began the 2007 season in Class A, playing for the Rome Braves. When in Rome, Hanson amassed a 2-6 record with a 2.59 ERA in 14 starts (and one relief appearance). Midway through the season, Tommy was called up to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, which is also a Class A team for the Atlanta Braves. He ended up finishing the season with at 3-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 11 starts.


Hanson began the 2008 season where he left off, in Myrtle Beach. In his first start for Myrtle Beach, Tommy pitched five no-hit innings and recorded a then career-best 13 strikeouts (later broken in Double-A that year). This performance set the tone for his 2008 season. Over his seven starts with the Pelicans, he only allowed 15 hits in 40 innings. That stat, along with his 3-1 record and 0.90 ERA, earned him a promotion to the Braves' Double-A affiliate, Mississippi Braves. While pitching for the Braves, Hanson threw a no-hitter in his ninth start. In that performance, he also set a new career high for strikeouts with 14. Tommy finished the 2008 season with Mississippi. His record for the Braves ended up being 8-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 18 starts. Following the Minor League season, Tommy won the MiLBY for Class A Advanced Single Game Performance. He won this award for his performance with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.[7] Tommy was named the Atlanta Braves Pitcher of the Year and also placed on Baseball America's Minor League Team of the Year.[8] Hanson was invited to the Arizona Fall League to showcase his pitching. He compiled a 5-0 record with a 0.63 ERA while racking up 49 strikeouts, in 28.2 innings. Hanson was named the Arizona Fall League's MVP, the first pitcher ever to receive this award.[9]


In the 2008 , the Atlanta Braves were one of the teams that were in the running for San Diego Padres pitcher, Jake Peavy. Tommy's name was mentioned throughout the proceedings but as of December 2008, nothing had been made official.[10] Due to his dominant performances, Tommy began the 2009 season with the Triple-A affiliate, Gwinnett Braves. [5] He was named the No. 1 prospect in MiLB by Minor League News in the MLN FAB50 Baseball 2009 rankings.

Major league career

Hanson was called up by the Atlanta Braves on June 3, 2009 after the team cut Tom Glavine.[11] He made his debut on June 7, 2009 against the Milwaukee Brewers pitching 6 innings, striking out 5, giving up 6 earned runs, 3 home runs and receiving a no decision.[12] He gave up two home runs to Ryan Braun, the first being the first hit allowed in Hanson’s major league career.[1]

Hanson with the Braves in 2009.

On June 12, 2009, Hanson earned his first win against the Baltimore Orioles. [13] On June 28, 2009, he threw six scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks to improve his career major league record to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.48. In his 4 major league victories, his combined ERA to this point was 0.78. He now has thrown 22 consecutive shutout innings and also became the first National League rookie pitcher to win consecutive starts against the Yankees and the Red Sox. For his efforts, Hanson was named the June's NL Rookie of the Month. In his final 10 starts, Hanson pitched 60.2 inning's, allowing just 17 earned runs in that span. Hanson's name had been mentioned heavily in the NL Rookie of the Year award talk's for most of the second half of the season, eventually finishing third in voting for the award.


  1. ^ Bump, Lary. "MLN FAB50 Baseball 2009 Rankings". Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  2. ^ Ballew, Bill. " Prospects: Rankings: Organization Top 10 Prospects: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects". Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  3. ^ "2005 First-Year Player Draft Tracker". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  4. ^ " Roster". Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  5. ^ a b "Who is Braves Prospect Tommy Hanson?". 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  6. ^ "Minor League Baseball: Stats: Player". Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  7. ^ By Lisa Winston / "Hits hard to come by against Hanson | News". Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  8. ^ "Riverside Community College — The Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  9. ^ "Who Is Braves Prospect Tommy Hanson? | Bleacher Report". November 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  10. ^ Dierkes, Tim. "Tommy Hanson Rumors: MLB Rumors —". Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  11. ^ Hanson to make Braves debut
  12. ^ Hanson's debut marred by long balls
  13. ^ Hanson dodges trouble to notch first win Retrieved 2009-6-12

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