With all the hype focused on Stephen Strasburg (and deservedly so), the one-year anniversary of Tommy Hanson's arrival in the majors has come–and gone.
While it's been slightly more than one calendar year, the June 7, 2009 promotion of Hanson to the Braves, after dominating International League and Arizona Fall League hitters, came as no surprise to most who knew anything about the big, red-headed righty.
While not as hyped as fellow Brave Jason Heyward or flamethrower Strasburg, Hanson has put together a full season that most pitchers would dream about.
I would urge Strasburg to look at what Hanson has done between his debut, 375 days ago, and the present day–and hope that equaling or improving on that performance should be considered a significant achievement.
So here's Hanson's line since June 7, 2009:
35 Games Started - 1 Complete Game
210.1 Innings Pitched - 72 Earned Runs (3.08 ERA)
202 Strikeouts to 74 Walks (2.7:1 K/BB ratio)
18 Wins against 7 Losses.
(David O'Brien of the AJC has a bit on his blog about the very same subject)
In this modern era, those are numbers that would merit strong consideration for a Cy Young award if this performance were completed between April and October.
With that - I give you Tommy Hanson's 5 best performances from his first year in the Majors.