MICHAEL HANSON SIGNS FREE AGENT CONTRACT WITH ATLANTA
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Just one day after graduating from Washington
and Lee University, former Generals' shortstop Michael Hanson (Atlanta,
Ga./Pace Academy) found himself at Turner Field signing a rookie free
agent contract with the Atlanta Braves on June 6.
Hanson reported to the Braves' training site at Disney's
Wild World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday and will have several
days of workouts prior to joining the Danville Braves of the Class "A"
Appalachian League for the team's first game on June 16.
"I'm very excited to get the opportunity to continue
playing baseball," said Hanson from Orlando. "I was surprised
and excited to get the phone call on Friday as I was driving home from
school. I grew up watching the Braves and they would have been my first
choice. From what I hear, they have a good reputation for player development
and they have certainly had a lot of success at the Major League level."
The 2003 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the
Year, Hanson became the second W&L baseball player in school history
to earn All-America honors when he was placed on the 2003 ABCA/Rawlings
Third Team All-America squad. He was a four-time All-ODAC selection, having
earned first team honors each of the past two seasons.
This season, Hanson batted .371 with five home runs, 12
doubles, 23 RBI, 14 stolen bases and a school-record 46 runs.
A career .360 hitter, Hanson graduated as W&L's all-time
leader in games played (136), at-bats (519), hits (187), runs (148), doubles
(43), triples (13) and stolen bases (51). The Generals' leadoff hitter,
he finished his career having reached base in 74 straight games dating
back to April of 2001.
Hanson is the second W&L baseball player to sign a professional contract in the last five years, joining Christian Batcheller '00 who was drafted in the 46th round of the 1999 Major League Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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