Former San Francisco Giants minor leaguer Tommy Hanson dies of ‘catastrophic organ failure’

Tommy Hanson with the San Jose Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Former Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy Hanson died late Monday night after slipping into a coma, the Atlanta Braves confirmed.

Hanson died after suffering “catastrophic organ failure,” WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein reported, citing a source familiar with the situation. WSB-TV first reported that Hanson was in a coma.

Details about what led to Hanson’s illness have not been disclosed, but according to a report on, a “source said he had difficulty breathing early Sunday morning and was taken to a hospital.”

The hard-throwing 6-foot-6, 220-pound right-hander signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants in May and pitched for their Class A team in San Jose and AAA team in Sacramento.

“The Giants are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Tommy Hanson. Tommy was a great talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many people who were lucky enough to know him,” said Giants officials in a statement released Tuesday morning.

Hanson started his big league career in 2009 and played four seasons with the Braves before joining the Los Angeles Angels in 2013. He nearly won NL Rookie of the Year in 2009 after posting 11-4 record and a low 2.89 ERA in 21 starts with the Atlanta Braves.

His first and only postseason appearance came in 2010 against the Giants during Game 2 of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park. Hanson was pulled early in the game after giving four runs over four innings, but his team beat San Francisco in extra innings 5-4. The Giants went on to win the NLDS and the World Series.

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