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Officially concerned about Tommy Hanson


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It's called Spring TRAINING for a reason. 

 

That doesn't make me feel any better about his velocity still being down that much.

 

If he was just getting poor results, I wouldn't have made this thread. But the fact that he's still missing 3-4 miles on his fastball is concerning.

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We're toast if we have to go into the season with Blanton as our 4 and Richards as our 5

 

We weren't toast until the third to the last game of the season with a terrible Santana, way below average Haren and whatever from Richards/Williams. Oh yeah and an unspectacular C.J. Wilson in the 2nd half. 

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Was Hanson known as a power pitcher before???

 

I've never seen him pitch but this is what wikipedia says "Hanson throws four main pitches: a four-seam fastball at 89–92 mph, a slider at 78–82 mph, and a curveball at 71–73 mph. He occasionally throws a two-seam fastball and changeup, mainly to left-handed hitters. His slider is his most common 2-strike pitch to right-handers, and it responsible for a plurality of his strikeouts. His curve has the highest whiff rate, at 38% over his career."

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A couple miles an hour in velocity early in ST is not a big concern. He has only thrown a couple innings so far.

 

My understanding of the velocity gains pitchers see from ST to the beginning of the season is that they tend to be 1 mph or so. Which would still have Hanson's velocity done from where it would ideally be. 

 

I'm certainly open to reading whatever there may be that indicates that pitchers see a bigger gain though.

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