Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson passes away

Very sad news in Atlanta this Tuesday morning.

The story spiraled quickly from Sunday to last night. Atlanta’s Zach Klein broke the news that Hanson was in a coma yesterday on social media.

Reports are that Tommy Hanson had trouble breathing Sunday evening. He was admitted to the hospital where he slipped into a coma. He was transferred to Piedmont Hospital where he suffered “catastrophic organ failure.” A mere hours later at the age of 29, Tommy Hanson passed away entirely too soon.

What the causes were have not been released at the time of this writing, but we will update you as soon as we know more.

Hanson was drafted in the 22nd round back in 2005 by the Atlanta Braves. He quickly skyrocketed to great heights in a Minor League career that would see him ranked the No. 4 overall prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America entering his rookie season. He would hurl the only no-hitter in Mississippi Braves history and in 2008 become the first — and to this day only — pitcher to win the Arizona Fall League MVP.

He finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting in his 2009 debut, finishing 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 116/46 strikeout to walk ratio. He would team up with Tim Hudson the following season and form a very solid one-two punch while helping the Braves return to the postseason for the first time in four years.

Hanson had some injuries in 2011 and was never the same pitcher. By the end of 2012, he was dealt to the Angels. By the end of 2013, he had thrown his last big league pitch.

The 29-year old was working his way back to the big leagues. Hanson was in the San Francisco Giants organization this past season where Dave Righetti has been instrumental in helping to revitalize pitching careers. After an up and down season with the Giants High-A and Triple A affiliates, Hanson’s comeback came to a tragic end last night.

These are the stories I hate to write. Rest in peace, Tommy. Our thoughts are with your family and friends at this terribly sad time.


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