As good as Hanson was during the 2008 regular season, he was even nastier in the Arizona Fall League. He led the AFL in wins (5), ERA (0.63) and strikeouts (49 in 28 2/3 IP), holding hitters to a .105 batting average. And that doesn't even count his dominant outings in the Rising Stars Showcase and championship game.
Scouting report: A big, tall right-hander with outstanding mound presence, he has a three-pitch mix that he can throw for strikes. He has a fastball that runs up to 94 mph with plenty of life, one of the best curve balls in the Minors and an above-average changeup. He's working on a slider as well and he can throw any of his pitches at any point in the count. With good mechanics and delivery, he's the whole package.
Upside potential: Keeps rising. Has the chance to be a top-of-the-rotation starter, an ace in the making.
They said it: "He was outstanding at Myrtle Beach from day one there. When we got him to Mississippi, after a short period of time, he threw the no-hitter and continued to pitch well there. As he moved to the AFL, he continued to make another jump in terms of the consistency of his stuff. From High-A to Double-A, from Double-A to an All-Star Double-A league like the AFL, he was able to match and raise his game at each of these levels. That is quite an accomplishment." -- Braves Farm Director Kurt Kemp
He said it: "If I would have been traded, it would have been fine, but I want to stay with the Braves. I'm glad they didn't want to trade me. I spoke to some people that told me that was the plan, so it makes me feel good. I'm happy with it being the way it is and staying with the Braves."