Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, August 01, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0
A single word has been the secret to success for one of the Phillies’ breakout prospects this year. Confidence is what leads the way for Lakewood’s Nic Hanson.
The right-hander began his 2013 in the bullpen for the Class A BlueClaws. As a reliever, Hanson had little impact. But since he was moved into the team’s starting rotation, the Phillies’ 16th round draft choice from last year has been quite dominant and is primed to be a major highlight of the club’s season.
On May 2nd, Hanson replaced right-hander Jordan Guth in the ‘Claws group of starters and since then has shown great amounts of improvement with his output. Out of the bullpen, the six-foot-seven 210-pounder tallied a 5.74 ERA and a .333 batting average against. Since the change of roles, Hanson has become Lakewood’s most dependable hurler, posting a 1.55 ERA and a .243 batting average against through nine starts.
According to Lakewood manager Mickey Morandini, the opportunity to work on all of his pitches in heavier doses has triggered a growing level of confidence inside Hanson.
“He’s been pitching well all year really, once we put him in the starting rotation,” Morandini stated. “He’s a strike thrower, has a good sinker, slider’s getting better, change up’s getting better. He’s a very confident young man.” Continue reading Confidence Has Lakewood’s Hanson Rolling