Thursday, April 12, 2007
…or rather just give him a shot at the fifth spot of the rotation. First, he toys with the Other Sox’s AAA club that features highly touted prospects - Ryan Sweeney and Josh Fields. And yesterday, Hansack dominated Durham that includes Jorge Cantu, Dustan Mohr, as well as hitting prospects Joel Guzman and Wes Bankston. This is not just two kick a$$ outings; after he posted an excellent K/BB ratio of 124/36 in 132 innings up in Portland and two nice outings in Boston last season.
According to Baseball America, Hansack features a low 90’s fastball that sets up his out pitch - the slider. He also varies his arm angles making him deceptive - El Duque-esque. Hansack’s third pitch - the change up - is questionable at best.
As a major league starter without a real third pitch, he might have issues going through the lineup for the second time like Kyle Snyder last season. Tito should use Hansack for the first three innings or so, and then Snyder for another two or three. Together the pair could be a serviceable fifth starter.