Tommy Hanson, a former top prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization, has passed away at the age of 29 due to what was described as “catastrophic organ failure.”
Hanson was in a coma at approximately 7:22 eastern standard time with the feeling that the situation was very bad, and in unfortunately took the turn towards the bad side.
Hanson made his Major League debut on July 3rd, 2009 after the Braves cut legendary left-handed Tom Galvine. His debut was against the Milwaukee Brewers at Turner Field, going six innings and giving up six earned runs in a no decision start.
His first Major League win came in his next start on July 12nd, 2009, giving up just two runs in 5 2/3 innings of work versus the Baltimore Orioles. This was the first of a total of 49 career wins in his Major League career.
Hanson was the Braves Opening Day starter in 2012, but things after he was placed on the disabled list with a back injury didn’t go as he and the Braves had hoped. Hanson was traded to the Los Angeles Angels where his struggles continued, as his Hanson couldn’t regain the promising form he showed in earlier years. He posted a 4.95 earned run average over his final two seasons, and a boatload of minor league contracts came in.
Hanson signed minor league deals with the Rangers, White Sox, and most recently the Giants, but was never able to reach the Major League level again in large part due to injuries.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Hanson’s family at this time.
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