In 2009, Tommy Hanson arrived as one of the newest pitchers to watch in the National League as a member of the Atlanta Braves when he went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA. He had finally made it to The Show after being a 22nd-round draft pick four years earlier.
The Braves announced on Tuesday that Hanson had died late Monday night after suffering “catastrophic organ failure” and lapsing into a coma. He was just 29.
Hanson appears on more than 1,000 baseball cards reflecting his five seasons as a big-leaguer and eight seasons in the minors. He spent this past season mostly with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats awaiting a potential call from the San Francisco Giants after last playing in the majors as a member of the Los Angeles Angels in 2013. He finished his MLB career with a 49-35 record.