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Question Seahawks in the Pros
New Seahawk Baseball players in the pros update thread.

I'm not sure about all the others, but I have the Cubs/Dodgers ESPN gamecast running here and Chris Hatcher (former UNCW catcher) is pitching the bottom of the 8th for Los Angeles against the meat of the Cubs lineup. I'm a Cubs fan, but I hope Hatch does well and stays healthy this year!
04-13-2017 03:50 PM
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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
Hatch struck out Kyle Schwarber looking, walked Kris Bryant, and pitched Rizzo into a groundball double play. Thankfully though, the Cubs were already up 4-0.
04-13-2017 03:55 PM
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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
Hatch completes another inning of work. 2 innings, one single, one walk, and three K's in the middle of the Cubs' pitcher busting lineup. Not bad at all!
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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
Watched Hatch also. He was firing 96 mph fastballs. I hope he stays healthy & has a great year (even though I am anti-dodger).

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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
I wish he was good enough to actually pitch for UNCW!
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(04-13-2017 10:02 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  I wish he was good enough to actually pitch for UNCW!

I would say he was. However, that arm was nasty throwing out would be base stealers consistently. Hatch had a cannon back there!
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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
Kelly Secrest (LHP, 2011-14), a 10th-round pick by the Mets in 2014, has been at the AAA level since August 21 of 2017.

In that span with Las Vegas, he has made 7 appearances, posting a 2.70 ERA and striking out 8 batters in 10.0 innings.

AAA righty Corey Oswalt was the latest to get called up for the Mets, but it seems to me only a matter of time before Kelly gets his shot. Bullpens are getting deeper and deeper, and lefties come at a premium.
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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
RHP Evan Phillips was recently called back up by the Orioles and pitched on July 26th. He tossed an inning @ Angels, giving up 1 run on 2 hits, striking out 2 and walking none. Over 2 MLB seasons with the Braves and Orioles he has made 26 appearances and is 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA, 27 K's and 15 BB's in 30.0 innings of work.

C/LF Ryan Jeffers (Twins system) recently got promoted to Pensacola (AA) on July 25th. He was hitting .256 with 10 HR and 40 RBI with Fort Myers (A+) prior to his promotion. In 3 games with Pensacola he is 4-12 (.333) with 1 HR and 2 RBI.

RHP Austin Warren (Angels system) recently got promoted to Mobile (AA) and made his first appearance on July 27, tossing 2 scoreless innings out of the pen and striking out 3 while allowing just 1 baserunner (1 hit). He was promoted from Modesto (A+), where he had made 27 appearances and gone 2-7 with a 3.30 ERA, 2 Saves, 63 K's and 21 BB's over 43.2 innings.

OF Robbie Thorburn (Orioles system) got promoted to A+ ball with the Frederick Keys back on June 20th after hitting .278 with 4 HR and 14 RBI and 4 SB with Delmarva (A). So far for the Keys he's hitting .213 with 2 RBI and 5 SB in 105 AB's.

OF Casey Golden (Rockies system) has been with Lancaster (A+) all season and is hitting .266 with 16 HR, 46 RBI and 8 SB in 293 AB's.

RHP Alex Royalty (Indians system) has spent all of 2019 with Lake County (A) after splitting time last year at Rookie Ball and Mahoning Valley (A-). This season at A he has made 17 starts and is 5-5 with a 4.11 ERA, 73 K's and 31 BB's over 76.2 innings.

RHP Clark Cota (A's system) is in his 2nd season with Vermont (A-). In 10 appearances he has a 4.05 ERA with 27 K's and 11 BB's over 20.0 innings.

RHP Seth Frankoff (Doosan Bears) is currently pitching in the Korean Baseball Organization, where he is 4-6 with a 4.41 ERA, 61 K's and 16 BB's over 69.1 innings thru 13 starts.

LHP Kelly Secrest last pitched at the AAA level for the Mets (who drafted him in the 10th round in 2014) in 2018 before being released in May of that year, and has yet to land with another organization. For Las Vegas from 2017-18 he made 9 appearances and had a 6.39 ERA with 10 K's and 9 BB's over 12.2 innings. He is 27 years old.

RHP Chris Hatcher remains an MLB Free Agent after declaring as such in October 2018; he last played for the A's and is 34 years old. Over his MLB career with the Marlins, Dodgers and A's he made 250 appearances and is 12-17 with a 4.55 ERA, 5 Saves, 266 K's and 98 BB's over 265.1 career innings of work. He is one of the 2 most successful Seahawk pros all-time along with Carl Willis.
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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
Aug 19 update:

Evan Phillips made his 18th appearance of the season for the Orioles, but once again struggled mightily. In an inning of work at Yankee Stadium, he allowed 3 runs on 2 hits, striking out 2 and walking 2. On the 2019 season he's 0-1 with an 8.84 ERA and 2.22 WHIP on 19.1 IP, with 29 K's and 17 BB's.

Ryan Jeffers (Twins system) has played 11 games at the AA level (Pensacola), and is hitting .308 with 3 HR and 6 RBI in 39 AB's. At 22 years old he still has plenty of developing to do, and as a 2018 2nd round pick, the Twins are certainly invested in his development. It would be huge if he could get promoted to AAA either nearing the end of the season or in 2020.

Austin Warren (Angels system) has made 5 appearances for AA Mobile, with his most recent appearance coming on Aug 16. He's 1-1 with a sterling 1.29 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 7.0 innings of work, with 9 K's and 5 BB's. The former 6th round pick is 23 years old and could also find himself in AAA by 2020.

Robbie Thorburn (Orioles system) had a nice weekend for the A+ Frederick Keys. He went 4-12 with a Double and 2 RBI against Fayetteville. He lifted his average at the A+ level to .214 and now has 4 RBI in 126 AB's. Not great, but some positive news. However, at 24 and as a 2017 31st round pick he's running out of time.

Casey Golden (Rockies system) continues to rack up nice numbers for A+ Lancaster. He's hitting .268 with 23 HR and 60 RBI in 351 AB's. However, he turns 25 on Sep 1. Hopefully the 2017 20th round pick will get a promotion to AA before the season ends. He may need to lift his average and OBP (.367) to make that happen.

Alex Royalty (Indians system) is struggling at A Lake County. He made his 21st start of the season on Aug 16 and took his 7th loss of the season, allowing 3 ER on 5 H over 5.0 innings while striking out 4 and walking 5. On the season at the A level, he's now 5-7 with a 4.42 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 87 K's and 42 BB's in 95.2 innings. Given that he's still just 22, was an 8th round pick and does have a solid K/BB ratio, he still has plenty of time to prove himself in the Indians system.

Clark Cota (A's system) is performing well at A- Vermont. In his last 2 outings he's pitched scoreless innings, allowing just 2 baserunners (1 BB, 1 HP) and striking out 1. In 16 appearances he's 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.50 WHIP with 36 K's and 18 BB's. The 2018 10th rounder turns 23 in October and will hopefully get a promotion to A ball soon.

Seth Frankoff (Doosan Bears, KBO) has gotten 16 starts for Doosan in the Korean Baseball Organization and has performed fairly well. He is 5-7 with a 4.18 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 75 K's and 22 BB's in 84.0 innings of work. At 30 years old he's carved out a nice pro career to this point.

No news on Kelly Secrest or Chris Hatcher since my last update.
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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
Also, Nick Feight (2017 19th rounder - Padres) was released on May 23 after struggling a A Fort Wayne over the 1+ seasons.
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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
I would imagine Chris Hatcher has seen the last of his pro ball days. Sad, because he was a player during my time as a student and was a lot of fun to watch.

He had a great career though. The lack of interest in him as a FA sings the painful words from 'Moneyball'...

"We're all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children's game, we just don't... don't know when that's gonna be. Some of us are told at eighteen, some of us are told at forty, but we're all told."

If it is indeed the end for Hatch... well done! Proud of his time at UNCW and in the pros.
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RE: Seahawks in the Pros
(08-19-2019 11:38 AM)CG_Hawk06 Wrote:  I would imagine Chris Hatcher has seen the last of his pro ball days. Sad, because he was a player during my time as a student and was a lot of fun to watch.

He had a great career though. The lack of interest in him as a FA sings the painful words from 'Moneyball'...

"We're all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children's game, we just don't... don't know when that's gonna be. Some of us are told at eighteen, some of us are told at forty, but we're all told."

If it is indeed the end for Hatch... well done! Proud of his time at UNCW and in the pros.

Agreed with all of the above!

However, I also wouldn't be surprised to see him go to an Independent League if he gets the "itch", again. To quote the final line from Jim Bouton's Ball Four, after talking about how even if he only had a small chance of getting another opportunity in the bigs, he'd keep pitching in the Minor Leagues as long as he could:

"You see, a ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.”
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