Flashes heavy sink and run to both sides of plate, movement lessens when working glove-side; velocity dipped in later innings, topped at 94 by the fifth; control over command; feel to sink it, heavy use to glove-side, projection for fringe-average control; maintains sitting velocity from stretch
Steep 11-5 shape, significant vertical depth, mild two-plane with slight horizontal movement; can throw for strikes or get chases; inconsistent at present, tendency to leave up in zone and lose shape
Two-plane break, more vertical tilt; will flash sharp bite; heavy use to gloveside, mistakes left over heart of plate, consistency throwing quality strikes limits projection
Walk prevention will be long-term concern; inconsistent strike-thrower, able to work fastball and curve into the zone better, slider less consistent
Shows feel for sink on FB, though heavy gloveside use limits effectiveness; feel for CB, though needs to keep down in zone to maintain shape; SL bite inconsistent; needs to develop more feel for CH
Selected in the second round in June, Hansen is a long, lanky right-hander with two plus pitches and a third average pitch. The fastball sits a tick above plus with heavy sink and run. His crossfire delivery impacts the command potential, and he's significantly more comfortable working across his body to the glove side at present. The curve flashes plus with pronounced depth, though it loses shape when elevated. The slider will flash average with vertical tilt and signs of sharp bite, though he lacks feels to command the pitch, limiting its utility. He showed a changeup in this outing, with hard dive and mild fade at 87.
The motion is such that strike-throwing is likely to lag, and walk prevention will be a long-term concern. The command rates ahead of the control, which could help buoy future advances. There's mid-rotation potential if that command maxes out, though given delivery concerns a more likely outcome is that of a power reliever with high-leverage potential.