The first time I saw him throw, the hitch in his delivery reminded me -- oddly enough -- of quarterback Philip Rivers. The first time I saw Rivers play for N.C. State, I thought, "Does he throw that way all the time?" Same with Hanson, although the odd motion seemed to work. He was 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA as a rookie and 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA in the first half of 2011. He was essentially as good as advertised.
And then he wasn't. He got hurt and lost the oomph on his fastball. The Braves decided they'd seen enough and traded him for a reliever. He would win four more big-league games after leaving here. He didn't pitch in the majors in 2014 and 2015. I'd think of him occasionally and wonder how he was doing. And now he's dead.
I wish I had something really profound to offer, but I don't. I'm not feeling anything any different from anyone who saw him pitch or had a conversation with him. I liked him, and I'm sorry he's gone. This is awful news.