Long, lanky, enormous fellow. High-3/4 arm slot which presents even higher due to height. Has had trouble with runners in the past, times to the plate mostly 1.38 to 1.45. Athletic for size.
Kannapolis Intimidators (Low A, White Sox)
50 (fourth starter or setup)
Velocity plays up due to substantial downward plane from height, length of arms, and arm angle. Have reports of him pitching and touching higher in the past. Four-seam at top of velo band has significant natural cut and presents near-slider look. Two-seam effective at lower end of velo band to armside early in game. Bled velocity in the fifth and especially sixth innings, and command within zone wavered late.
Better offerings showed two-plane break and great shape between 11-to-5 and 12-to-6. Able to spot effectively for strikes and bury for chases. Harder curves lost shape and started to bleed into less-effective slider. Potential plus, MLB swing-and-miss quality pitch with more consistency.
Occasionally flashed hard dive, but often too firm and straight. Effective secondary offering against A-ballers given ability to spot in the zone, but will need to improve consistency and command for the pitch as he moves up levels.
Showed just enough with sharp bite to be a tantalizing potential offering, but too many flat or hanging, and didn’t present much of a different look than the four-seam fastball except for velocity differential. Sometimes difficult to distinguish from change given similar velocity band and frequent lack of movement. Given flashes and arm slot, can see potential for significant improvement, but not currently a swing-and-miss pitch and clearly the fourth-best weapon.
A former high-end prep arm that went to college, developed into a 1-1 candidate, and then backslid into a second-rounder, Hansen has put it back together since entering pro ball. Given enormous frame and previous loss of feel for the strike zone, significant questions remain about his ability to repeat and maintain his command over the long haul. Despite that, there’s a pretty good chance for a mid-rotation starter or an impact bullpen arm here, with the possibility for even more if velocity spikes or a more consistent and better third pitch emerges between his change and slider.