Time for Tommy Hanson speculation

If you haven’t checked lately, The Future is pitching rather well out in Buford, or Lawrenceville, or Duluth or Hog Mountain, wherever that taxpayer-financed ball park is.

T. Hanson might not be wearing this logo much longer.

T. Hanson might not be wearing this logo much longer.

Ye Office guesses that if Kamakazi and Jo Jo keep struggling, or if one of the two of them is flat-out atrocious over the next three weeks or so, we might see Hanson in the Bigs. His stats are overwhelming: a 1.65 ERA, WHIP barely above 1, 14 strikeouts per 9 innings, a .179 batting average against. Those are high school stats.

His past three starts have been particularly dominant. He’s thrown six innings in each — the organization is obviously, and rightly, being careful– allowed 2 earned runs, 16 baserunners in 18 innings and struck out 25.

I’m no scout, but he sure seems ready. All we need is an opening for him. On a darker note, what to do with Schafer? Four Ks in four ABs last night. The dude looks utterly helpless at the plate. It seems wise to at least sit him for a night. Can Prado play center field? He needs more swings.

–CD

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6 Comments on Time for Tommy Hanson speculation

  1. rankin' rob // May 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm //

    I know it’s partly because of his unfamiliarity with the ballparks, but Schafer seems average at best in CF. I want to like the guy, but he might need to go down to Gwinnett to get his mojo back. I think we’ll see Hanson after the All-Star break, so that the Braves can keep their thumb on him contract-wise for longer.

  2. charlesad // May 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm //

    Schafer actually has a hit today and no Ks in 3 AB. Maybe he’ll come out of it. JJ is again pitching beautifully. He’s the ace.

  3. atlpaddy // May 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm //

    I just think Jordan Schafer (or Jordan K’fer, as someone on the O’Brien blog coined him) needs more seasoning. He’ll be fine.

  4. Wow, two extra base-hits in one game by B.J. Kotchman. Shocking.

  5. Viva Rufino Linares! // May 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm //

    I think Schafer will be ok too. He needs to start making some adjustments. Teams know that he likes the high inside fastball. Can’t touch it, but swings @ it everytime. I can’t wait to see Hanson.

  6. PepeFreeUs // May 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm //

    Bowman thinks Tommy’s up at the start of June.

    Personally, I would play Infante in center and KJ at second.

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