School: University of Oklahoma; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-7; Weight: 235
Previously Drafted: Colorado Rockies, 25th round, 2013
Background: A redwood-sized 6-foot-7 and 235-pounds, Hansen garnered some buzz as a prep player coming out of Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado, thanks in large part to a dominant senior campaign. According to reports, the big right-hander finished his prep career by tallying a miniscule 0.91 ERA and 71 punch outs.
After the Rockies spent a cursory late round pick on the him, Hansen opted to take fulfill his commitment to the University of Oklahoma. And despite some glimpses of dominance during his three-year run, Hansen’s career has been plagued by inconsistency – particularly when it comes to locating his powerful fastball.
In his first 145+ innings Hansen has fanned 185, but walked a mindboggling 96 batters – or just about six free passes per nine innings.
Projection: Hansen clearly has the talent and subsequent build to tempt teams in the early part of round one, but he’s never walked fewer than 4.83 hitters per nine innings at any point in his career. But he is a pretty rare breed: between 2011 and 2015 no Division I pitcher has thrown more than 50 innings while average at least 13 punch outs and 6.5 walks per nine innings.
Hansen’s days as a starting pitcher are numbered, likely by the weeks. But he could be an interesting gamble in round three as a potential late-inning reliever if a team thinks it can teach him to throw more strikes.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Floor: 0.5-win player
Grade: Third Round