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Hanson Promoted to Double-A

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It appears that Tommy Hanson's 40 innings of pure domination in the Carolina League was enough for the Braves to feel that a promotion to double-A was in order. The 6'6" right-hander has a 3-1 record in seven starts with a 0.90 ERA and a 49/11 K/BB. An increase in velocity as well as improved command has generally been credited with Hanson's superb start to the 2008 season. This step from A-ball to double-A is generally considered the biggest step for a prospect and this holds true even more so for Hanson. That's because the Pelicans' home park is one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the minor leagues and Hanson has been incredibly fly ball prone this season. Hanson, who has yet to give up a homerun for the Pelicans, could see a number of those fly balls start leaving the park if his 0.45 GO/AO doesn't improve significantly. After a disappointing second half last season, Hanson has probably vaulted himself into the top ten pitching prospects in the game with his work so far. His ranking at the end of the year and more importantly his timetable to the majors will rely a lot on what he does against the tougher competition and in the much more neutral environment in Mississippi. The only negative peripheral has been his fly ball rate but that could become a big issue if he doesn't get it under control.

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