Braves Pitcher Tommy Hanson: From Prized Prospect to Staff Ace
By Admin | Friday, April 2, 2010 12:14:22 PM America/New_York
With the start of the baseball season just days away, Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson is preparing for just his second season — first full — in the big leagues. A year ago at this time, the young phenom was still battling just to prove he deserved a spot in the Braves starting rotation. He's now viewed by many as the ace of the staff.
Ultimately getting called up in June of last year, Hanson didn't take long to impress, shutting out both the Red Sox and Yankees just weeks into his debut. More than living up to the hype Hanson was flat out dominant in his 20 big league starts and routinely drew comparisons from manager Bobby Cox to another pitcher he managed years before ... future Hall of Fame lock John Smoltz.
Finishing the season with 2.89 ERA and 12-4 overall record, Hanson was voted runner-up for the National League rookie of the year award and most believe he would have won had he been with the Braves all season.
At just 23, and only 20 major league stars under his belt, the 6 foot 6, 230 pound right-hander has already assembled a list remarkable professional achievements. However, nothing however personifies the type of pitcher Hanson is better than his start against the Boston Red Sox. Sick with 104-degree fever just the night before the game, Hanson showed up at the stadium the next morning and pitched six shutout innings against one of the best offensive teams in the league. Pitching coach Roger McDowell would later say; "The great ones are the ones that don't miss starts. That's the key to being a top-of-the-rotation guy. A lot of guys have talent. The great ones have a presence - a very self-assured presence. That combination is fairly rare." I think it's safe to say that Tommy fits this description.
Poised for his first full year in the bigs, Tommy plans to maintain the sound nutritional routine that has got him this far. "Nutrition is 100% a big deal in regard to my performance," says Hanson. "One product I actually really enjoy is the Supreme Protein bar." Tommy joined the prestigious protein bar makers' Team Supreme last October after his history making performance at the Arizona Fall League. "They've helped out substantially with my overall endurance and strength," Hanson says of the bars. "Being on the road as much as I am, it's tough to get quality nutritious food. Supreme Protein bars are a quick and easy way to get high-quality protein into my diet."
Like virtually everyone who tries Supreme Protein's top selling product, Tommy prefers the taste of the Supreme Protein bars to any other protein bar on the market. " Supreme Protein bars are by far the best-tasting protein bars I've ever had."