Carolina League hitters haven’t been able to figure out Myrtle Beach righthander Tommy Hanson. So they will be happy to hear that the Braves’ farmhand has been promoted from high Class A to Double-A Mississippi.
Hanson’s performance with Myrtle Beach ranks among the elite early-season pitching performances in the minor leagues this year. Through seven starts, the 21-year-old has allowed just six runs (four earned) in 40 innings for a miniscule 0.90 ERA. His 49 strikeouts (11.1 per nine innings) rank second in the league, while his command has been sharp as well with 11 walks (2.5 per nine innings).
Hanson joins a Mississippi squad that could use a boost. The M-Braves are 11-25 (.306), the worst record in the eight-team Southern League. The team’s top prospect, center fielder Jordan Schafer, played four games before he received a 50-game suspension for Human Growth Hormone.
The prospect-thin club has hit just .230/.309/.349. While Hanson won’t be able to put more runs on the board, he should be able to help a pitching staff that has allowed 6.5 runs per nine innings, the most in the SL.