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.
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.