Erik Hamren (baseball)
|Born: August 21, 1986|
Coto de Caza, California
|August 1, 2011, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 25, 2011, for the San Diego Padres|
|Earned run average||4.38|
Hamren went to Tesoro High School as an outfielder and batted .452 his senior year. He lettered in both baseball and football. He was not pursued by any team out of high school, and went to college at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, to play for head coach Ed Sprague, a former MLB player. He played in only six games his freshman year, 2006, as an outfielder for the Tigers. In 2007, Hamren also made 10 pitching appearances for Pacific, posting a 13.94 ERA in 10.1 innings with 7 strikeouts. He transferred to Saddleback College for the 2008 season and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 37th round, 1121st overall, of the 2008 MLB Draft.
He was drafted as a pitcher and was assigned to the Rookie level Arizona League Cubs, where he went 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA almost exclusively as a reliever. He was promoted to Short-Season Boise. He started 2009 with Single-A Peoria, and finished with a 5.98 ERA over 38 appearances. He was released by the Cubs in the offseason. He spent 2010 in the independent Northern League, in what proved to be the league's last season. He split time with Kansas City and Joliet. He had a 3.39 ERA in the league before being signed in the offseason by the San Diego Padres. He started with A-Advanced Lake Elsinore, and went 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA before earning a promotion to Double-A San Antonio, where he went 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA and was a Texas League All-Star.
On March 27, 2013, Hamren was released by the Padres.
In 2014, Hamren played for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. On July 11, the Texas Rangers signed him to a minor league deal.
- "Erik Hamren - The Baseball Cube". www.thebaseballcube.com.
- "Erik Hamren Minor, Independent & Winter Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com.
- "Erik Hamren traded to Tampa Bay". KFFL.com. June 2, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013.