Prep Baseball Report

Super 60 Spotlight: Luke Hanson

By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Sunday, Feb. 6, Prep Baseball Report will host the 20th edition of its prestigious, flagship event: the Super 60 Pro Showcase. Since the event’s inception in 2003, more than 300 players have been selected in the MLB Draft, including 25 first-round picks and 26 second-rounders.

We started our march toward the Super 60 earlier this week by highlighting the prospects set to join us, shining a light on their impressive player profiles that they've groomed through their high school careers, leading them to this point, vying for the attention of the pro scouting community.

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We talked about Hanson in length on Tuesday in the scout blog from his game against Jamestown  , but today we want to touch on his performance on the mound. Hanson has a normal effort delivery, full arm swing, and a loose three-quarter slot with some arm speed through release. The fastball was a little scattered in the first inning, but settled in nicely after that. Spotted the fastball to the glove side and down where he was successful. When he worked to the arm side it had some late run. The fastball stayed between 87-89 for the entirety of his seven innings on the mound and touched 90 twice and 91 once. The breaking ball was the separator during this outing. The curveball had varying shapes at times. When it was middle and arm side it was more 12/6 shape and when getting to the glove side it had 11/5 shape with some sweeping depth at times. The breaking ball got nothing but swings and misses and takes on the day and he showed advanced feel for it around the zone. It was control over command at 72-74 mph and he could throw it for a strike just about whenever he wanted to. Hanson had twelve strikeouts on the day and the later he got into the outing the strikeouts tended to be on the breaking ball. 


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Cannot say enough about how this two sport star continues to shine. Hanson is a physical athlete standing at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. Started at shortstop and probably has a better chance than just about any other shortstop in the state to stick there at the next level. Easy actions with a plus arm across the infield. Throws show carry and accuracy across. Has arm strength to make plays deep in the hole as well as ability to throw on the run with ease. At the plate Hanson has a balanced square stance, leg lift to stride, and hands load in rhythm. Level path to contact, hand and bat speed through the zone, and gains extension on contact. It is an easy fluid swing that simply put, it plays. Had a line drive single in the fourth inning and a leadoff triple in the bottom of the sixth that was the tying run. All of the physical talents that he possesses are visible, but the real tell is watching him before game, in the dugout, and on the field when he does not have any action. Hanson is a leader in every sense and I would imagine he benefits greatly from being the quarterback of a state champion football team.

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