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Getting some love in relief against the Red So on ESPN. They also mentioned he played at UNCW. Three up, three down in the eighth.
09-13-2017 09:20 PM
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(09-13-2017 09:20 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  Getting some love in relief against the Red So on ESPN. They also mentioned he played at UNCW. Three up, three down in the eighth.

Is Hatcher our best MLB product to date? He's turned into quite a solid relief man.
09-14-2017 07:45 AM
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(09-14-2017 07:45 AM)CoastGuardHawk06 Wrote:  
(09-13-2017 09:20 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  Getting some love in relief against the Red So on ESPN. They also mentioned he played at UNCW. Three up, three down in the eighth.

Is Hatcher our best MLB product to date? He's turned into quite a solid relief man.

He's still 2nd behind Carl Willis (1984-1995, 4 teams), whose # 42 is currently the only jersey ever retired by UNCW Baseball. Willis logged more appearances (267 to 207) and innings (390 to 219.2) than Hatcher has to date, and had a lower ERA (4.25 to 4.63).

Willis also won a World Series with the Twins in 1991, where he made 7 playoff appearances (4 in the World Series) and had a 2.92 ERA with 5 K's in his 12.1 innings of work during that playoff run.

In addition, Willis is the current pitching coach for the Red Sox (he's been an MLB pitching coach since 2003) and is very well respected in that role. 4 pitchers won Cy Youngs under his watch (C.C. Sabathia in 2007, Cliff Lee in 2008, Felix Hernandez in 2010, and Rick Porcello in 2016).

Because he throws in the mid-90s, topping out at 96-97, Hatcher does have a much stronger K/9 than Willis did (9.3 to 5.1), and his ability to get punch-outs is one big reason he continues to find work in the bigs as a back-end of the bullpen guy. He also was the first player since the 1930's to debut in the MLB as a catcher, then later come back as a pitcher. A very impressive feat.

We've had 7 other Seahawks reach the bigs, but none have logged a full season, making Willis and Hatcher the clear top guys. Below is the remaining list:

* Bill Haywood, RHP (1968, Senators): 0-0, 4.70 ERA, 23.0 IP, 10 K's, 12 BB's

* Billy Harris, 2B/3B (1968-69, Indians and Royals): .218, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 11 R, 101 AB's

* Brian Smith, RHP (2000, Pirates): 0-0, 10.38 ERA, 4.1 IP, 3 K's, 2 BB's

* Jason Roach, RHP (2003, Mets): 0-2, 12.00 ERA, 2 starts, 9.0 IP, 2 K's, 4 BB's

* John Raynor, OF (2010, Pirates): .200 (2-10), 1 R

* Cody Stanley, C (2015, Cardinals): .400 (4-10), 3 RBI, 2 R

* Seth Frankoff, RHP (2017, Cubs): 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 2 K's, 0 BB's


Cody Stanley, of course, had the dubious distinction of receiving multiple suspensions for PED use, and I believe is still in the process of finding out whether he'll officially be given a lifetime ban after his 3rd positive test in 2016. Currently, only former Met pitcher Jenrry Mejia has officially received a lifetime ban by the MLB to date for a 3rd positive test.

I remember watching Jason Roach's 2nd start, since I grew up in NJ as a Mets fan and got all their games locally. I was very excited to see him pitch, and he didn't do TOO badly in his outing against the Braves (6.0 innings, 5 ER on 8 hits, 2 K's, 2 BB's), but of course he never got another chance. It's amazing how fleeting these things can be.

Then you had Brad Holt, another guy drafted by the Mets but this time with a 1st round (compensatory) pick. But he only made it to the AAA level (Buffalo), it took him 4 years to get there after being converted to a reliever, and he didn't perform well at all in his brief stint at that level (10.13 ERA in 6 appearances). In 2014 he made 4 bullpen appearances for the Long Island Ducks in the Independent League, and then that was it for him. You just never know what will happen. So many kids get drafted by MLB teams but so very few ever make it, and even high draft picks are guaranteed nothing.

Hopefully Frankoff gets more chances in the near future.
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09-14-2017 08:38 AM
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Great summary!
09-14-2017 09:33 AM
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Crazy about Holt, in my years of following i thought he was a can't miss guy.
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(09-14-2017 09:57 AM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  Crazy about Holt, in my years of following i thought he was a can't miss guy.

I remember during his Sophomore year pointing out he needed to develop a better secondary pitch, as he was struggling bigtime that year and I wanted to see him get to the next level after a great Freshman campaign. When he wasn't locating his fastball, he had some bad days. Chris Hatcher himself came on the board to rip me for saying that, lol. Even though I was only saying what I said because I wanted to see Holt reach the apex of his potential, not to be negative, I dropped it at the time.

As it turned out, Jason Howell DID help him develop a slider in his Junior campaign, and it was a big reason he got taken in the 1st round.

However, when it came to getting to the next level, the talk was he wasn't always the easiest guy to coach. When you're blessed with the ability to throw a baseball 97 MPH, it makes sense that you think you can blow it past anyone, and I don't blame him for that mentality at all. And I did think getting moved to the bullpen at the minor league level gave him to best crack at getting to the bigs.

But to get to the next level, it takes something extra that I guess he didn't quite have. No shame in that, as very, very few people have it! And in short.....there is no such thing as a "can't miss guy" in baseball, especially for pitchers!
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(09-14-2017 10:52 AM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(09-14-2017 09:57 AM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  Crazy about Holt, in my years of following i thought he was a can't miss guy.

I remember during his Sophomore year pointing out he needed to develop a better secondary pitch, as he was struggling bigtime that year and I wanted to see him get to the next level after a great Freshman campaign. When he wasn't locating his fastball, he had some bad days. Chris Hatcher himself came on the board to rip me for saying that, lol. Even though I was only saying what I said because I wanted to see Holt reach the apex of his potential, not to be negative, I dropped it at the time.

As it turned out, Jason Howell DID help him develop a slider in his Junior campaign, and it was a big reason he got taken in the 1st round.

However, when it came to getting to the next level, the talk was he wasn't always the easiest guy to coach. When you're blessed with the ability to throw a baseball 97 MPH, it makes sense that you think you can blow it past anyone, and I don't blame him for that mentality at all. And I did think getting moved to the bullpen at the minor league level gave him to best crack at getting to the bigs.

But to get to the next level, it takes something extra that I guess he didn't quite have. No shame in that, as very, very few people have it! And in short.....there is no such thing as a "can't miss guy" in baseball, especially for pitchers!
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Usually guys with that good of a fastball can make it work, because even a crappy secondary pitch is still a change of pace.
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(09-14-2017 12:48 PM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  Usually guys with that good of a fastball can make it work, because even a crappy secondary pitch is still a change of pace.

Sometimes, yes. But your margin for error is much smaller. Some big league guys can get away with a plus fastball and below average secondary pitch. But you still need to be willing to develop that 2nd pitch as much as possible to give yourself the best chance to succeed.
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(09-14-2017 01:18 PM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(09-14-2017 12:48 PM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  Usually guys with that good of a fastball can make it work, because even a crappy secondary pitch is still a change of pace.

Sometimes, yes. But your margin for error is much smaller. Some big league guys can get away with a plus fastball and below average secondary pitch. But you still need to be willing to develop that 2nd pitch as much as possible to give yourself the best chance to succeed.

I don't disagree. While i agree there isn't a such thing as Can't miss, wasn't he selected in the first round? First round pitchers have a higher success rate than not.
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So what's crazy is I didn't realize Willis was a UNCW guy. I lived in Cleveland the years Sabbathia and Lee won the Cy Young in Cleveland. I lived in an apt building downtown a couple doors down from the hitting coach. He'd see my UNCW shirts every now and then in passing and say "Go Seahawks" and I just figured he was familiar with UNCW through the game somehow. Didn't realize he was working with the best Seahawk baseball product.

Small world.
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