Travis Osborn Hanson
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
- School University of Portland
- High School South Kitsap High School
Travis Hanson hit .316 as a college sophomore and .315/.371/.546 as a junior. Drafted in the 9th round of the 2002 amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, he was signed by scout Dane Walker and began his pro career with the New Jersey Cardinals, hitting .294/.326/.438. A shortstop in college, he did a good job in his first year at third base. He was tenth in the New York-Penn League in batting average and led third basemene in assists (145), errors (14) and double plays (11). He was the All-Star 3B in the circuit.
With the 2003 Peoria Chiefs, Hanson batted .277/.325/.406, led players at the hot corner in assists (268) and made the league All-Star team. At age 23 the next year, Travis put up a .259/.335/.321 line for the Palm Beach Cardinals and missed time due to a broken ankle.
Hanson was named the St. Louis minor league player of the year in 2005 with a fine .284/.347/.458 year for the Springfield Cardinals, homering 20 times and driving in 97. He only fielded .909 and had 36 errors, though. Hanson led Texas League third basemen in putouts (95), assists (264) and errors. He was only two RBI behind league leader Mike Napoli and led the loop inat-bats (546). He made his third All-Star team in four years.
In '06, Travis struggled. He hit .220/.282/.291 for the Memphis Redbirds and .226/.275/.298 for Springfield. Combined, he hit .223/.278/.295.
2007 was even worse for him. In 82 games for Memphis, he hit .217/.246/.287.
Sources include 2003-2006 Baseball Almanacs The Baseball Cube.com