Former major league pitcher Tommy Hanson died suddenly of catastrophic organ failure last night after experiencing trouble breathing on Sunday and eventually falling into a coma. What caused this organ failure has yet to be determined. He was 29.
Although the Atlanta Braves drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2005 draft, he would rise through their organization after making a splash in the Arizona Fall League in 2008 would make his big league debut in 2009. He would win his first four big league decisions including back to back win against the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Hanson went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 21 starts during the 2009 season and would finish third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting behind Miami Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ.