Once considered a possible top-10 draft choice, Colorado native and current Oklahoma Soomers pitcher Alec Hansen dropped all the way down to the 49th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, now a member of the Chicago White Sox. This is the second time Hansen has been drafted, previously chosen by the Colorado Rockies in the 25th round of the 2013 MLB Draft when he was a high schooler in Loveland, Colorado.
Hansen never really found traction this spring and dropped out of the Sooners' rotation at one point. He made 14 appearances (10 starts) with a 3-5 W-L record and a 5.40 ERA. Though the 6'7 righty struck out 75 over 51.2 innings, he walked 39 as well. Aside from the walks, he also had a penchant outside the strike zone with seven wild pitches and five hit-by-pitches.
This was certainly not a step forward after his 2015 campaign when he posted a 3.95 ERA in 15 starts with 94 strikeouts and 44 walks in 82 innings pitched. He barely pitched over the break and has had arm issues in the past.