2011 Fantasy Projections, No. 72: Did Braves' Tommy Hanson Improve or Regress?

Nick KappelAnalyst IIIMarch 8, 2011

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 06:  Tommy Hanson #48 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 6, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Our 2011 fantasy baseball projections will be released one-by-one until the top 100 players have been revealed. These rankings consider past achievements, current performance and expected future results based on standard 5×5 H2H settings.

Even though Tommy Hanson’s ERA slipped (2.89 in ‘09, 3.33 in ‘10), and his strikeout rate declined (8.18 to 7.68), Hanson actually improved in many areas in 2010.

First, and perhaps most importantly, Hanson limited his free passes. After allowing 3.24 walks per nine in 2009, Hanson posted an impressive 2.49 walk rate last season.

Hanson’s fastball/slider combo (which accounted for 85 percent of his pitches in 2010) stymied N.L. hitters to the tune of 15.8 and 11.5 runs above average, respectively.

Although he struggled in May and June, Hanson dominated the second half with a 2.51 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 6.19 K/9 and 1.97 BB/9, thanks in large part to a sub-.220 BABIP after July.

Looking forward to 2011, the 24-year-old should continue to improve on his already impressive track record. Although his plate discipline stats won't blow you away (yet), his strikeout/walk rates and ERA are extremely impressive considering his age. In fact, since his big league debut in 2009, only 10 starters (min. 300 innings) have an ERA better than Hanson’s 3.16 mark.  And he’s only going to get better.

2010 stats202.2107.682.493.331.17
2011 FBI Forecast205158.302.703.301.17



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