A former Braves player confirmed Hanson’s death to SI.com. He requested anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak for the family. A Braves representative told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that some of Hanson’s ex-teammates were near Hanson when he died Monday night.
Hanson, once considered a top pitching prospect, made his major league debut with the Braves in 2009, going 11–4 with a 2.89 ERA in 21 starts. After three solid seasons in Atlanta, he posted a 4.48 ERA in 2012, and was placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
He was then traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for reliever Jordan Walden the following off-season. He had a career-worst 5.42 ERA in 13 starts in 2013 and was released after the season.
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