Former Braves Pitcher Tommy Hanson Dies at 29

Tommy Hanson, who spent five professional seasons as a pitcher for the Braves and the Angels, has passed away. The cause was "catastrophic organ failure" according to WSB-TV in Atlanta, and he was just 29 years old.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com has more on Hanson's MLB career:

Hanson established himself as baseball's top pitching prospect after he dominated the 2008 Arizona Fall League. He made his much-anticipated Major League debut the following June and ended his first month at the big league level by winning four consecutive starts, including two straight against the Yankees and Red Sox at Turner Field.

After producing a 3.28 ERA over the 77 starts made during his first three Major League seasons, Hanson was hampered by a shoulder and back ailment that altered his career. The Braves traded him to the Angels after the 2012 season, and he did not pitch at the Major League level after making 15 appearances for the 2013 Angels. He finished his career with a 49-35 record, 3.80 ERA and 648 strikeouts.

Atlanta's Andrelton Simmons and Oakland's Josh Reddick were among those who extended their condolences.

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