The Reds knew that patience would be key in developing Hanson after drafting him in the third round of the 2016 Draft. He was, after all, a raw high school arm from a cold weather state in Minnesota. The big right-hander taken in the third round and signed away from his Kentucky commitment was delayed even further when he needed Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2017 season.
The good news is Hanson is back throwing and returned to pitch in the rookie level Arizona League in 2018. He also used his time rehabbing to trim down his 6-foot-6 frame. There's a lot of fastball to come from Hanson, assuming he bounces back to pre-surgery levels, as he was up to 95-96 mph at times with his heater. He also featured a power curve that flashed plus and a changeup that was behind since he didn't need it much in the Minnesota high school ranks. Command was an issue for Hanson, as he struggled to repeat his delivery consistently.
The Reds are pleased with where Hanson is and are happy he's back on a mound competitively. It'll be slow going, especially at the start, but the payoff, given his size and chance for two plus pitches, could be big.
RHP Nick Hanson assigned to AZL Reds.
RHP Nick Hanson assigned to Greeneville Reds from Billings Mustangs.
RHP Nick Hanson assigned to Billings Mustangs from Dayton Dragons.
Dayton Dragons activated RHP Nick Hanson from the 60-day disabled list.
RHP Nick Hanson assigned to Dayton Dragons from AZL Reds.