Update: Ex-Braves’ Pitcher Tommy Hanson Dies at Age 29

UPDATE: According to WSB TV in Atlanta, Hanson has died. He was 29 years old.

Former Braves pitcher and top prospect Tommy Hanson is currently comatose in an Atlanta hospital, according to Zach Klein of WSB-TV Atlanta. It’s still unknown how Hanson, who has not pitched in the major leagues since 2013, got to be in a coma. Hanson was once considered to be a future star in Atlanta, entering the 2009 season as the #1 ranked prospect in the Braves’ minor league system per Baseball America. He made his MLB debut on June 3 of that year, taking Tom Glavine‘s spot on the Braves’ roster (!) and wound up finishing third in National League Rookie of the year voting after posting a 11-4 record with a 2.89 ERA, 3.50 FIP, and 2.7 fWAR. He became a solid pitcher in the years following, going 21-18 with a 3.44 ERA, 3.45 FIP, and 5.8 fWAR while averaging 8.52 strikeouts per 9 innings between 2010 and 2011. After in injury-plagued 2012 that saw his ERA rise to 4.48, Hanson was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason. He spent one year in Anaheim, only appearing in 15 games for the Angels while struggling to the tune of a 5.42 ERA. Hanson went on to spend 2014 and 2015 in the minor league systems of the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants, respectively, struggling through injury the whole time. His ERA in 2014 for the White Sox was 6.16, and his ERA last season with the Giants was 4.76. He’s currently a free agent. The Angels were quick to send their thoughts Hanson’s way. 

We send our thoughts to Hanson, and will keep you updated on the story when more details emerge.

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