WAYNE – After graduating from Wayne State College, a former Wildcat baseball standout has signed a professional contract.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, Andrew Hanson will join the Rocky Mountain Vibes (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the Pioneer Baseball League, a developmental league that has 10 teams in Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Utah.
Hanson, a 6-1, 185 pound shortstop from Burnsville, Minnesota (Burnsville HS), led the Wildcats in numerous offensive categories this season to earn All-NSIC First Team and ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region Second Team honors.
He led Wayne State with a .336 batting average and had five homers with a team-high 37 RBI. Hanson led the NSIC in stolen bases (37) and triples (6) and was second on the Wildcat roster in hits (50) and runs scored (39). His 37 stolen bases this season were the second-most in a single season by a Wildcat player and he was fourth in NCAA Division II in stolen bases per game (.93) and eighth in total stolen bases (37).
Hanson closed his Wildcat career as a three-time All-NSIC selection (2nd Team-2019, 1st Team-2018) and was an All-Central Region Second Team selection in 2019 by D2CCA and NCBWA.
He finished his career second all-time in WSC history in triples (14), third in stolen bases (82-90), fifth in home runs (29), total bases (363) and at bats (632). Hanson also tied for seventh in doubles (48), ninth in runs scored (148) and tied for ninth in hits (200).