Jason Hammel

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Jason Hammel
Jason Hammel on June 30, 2016 (3).jpg
Hammel with the Cubs in 2016
Chicago Cubs – No. 39
Starting pitcher
Born: (1982-09-02) September 2, 1982 (age 33)
Greenville, South Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 2006, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
MLB statistics
(through July 27, 2016)
Win–loss record 79–82
Earned run average 4.39
Strikeouts 1,144
WHIP 1.34

Jason Aaron Hammel (born September 2, 1982) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also pitched in MLB for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, and Oakland Athletics.

Amateur career[edit]

Hammel was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but raised in Port Orchard, Washington. He attended South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington, and led the team to a 20-1 season in 2000 as the number one starter in the rotation. Hammel was drafted in the 23rd round by the Seattle Mariners, but opted instead to attend Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays[edit]

Hammel during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.

Hammel was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 10th round of the 2002 MLB Draft and made his Major League debut on April 11, 2006, against the Baltimore Orioles and got his first victory as a starter on September 2, 2007, against the New York Yankees.[3]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On April 5, 2009, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies for pitching prospect Aneury Rodriguez. On October 11, 2009, Jason Hammel started game three of the 2009 National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Though he looked strong initially, he ended up allowing four earned runs and the Rockies went on to lose the game.[4]

Hammel agreed to a two-year contract with the Rockies before the 2011 season.[5]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Hammel with the Orioles in 2012

Hammel was traded to the Baltimore Orioles along with pitcher Matt Lindstrom for pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on February 6, 2012. In his Orioles debut, he took a no-hit bid into the 8th inning, with the Orioles eventually winning, 3–1, over the Minnesota Twins.[6]

On June 16, 2012, Hammel led the Orioles to a 5–0 victory over the Atlanta Braves, holding the Braves to one hit over nine innings. It was the first complete game shutout of his career and the first complete game by an Orioles pitcher in the 2012 season.[7]

On July 15, 2012, Hammel was placed on the 15-day disabled list to have a right knee surgery.[8]

Hammel started for the Orioles on Opening Day in 2013.[9]

On June 1, 2013, during a game against the Tigers, Hammel was ejected for the first time in his career, by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Hammel had given up three consecutive home runs and his next pitch hit Matt Tuiasosopo in the shoulder with a slider.[10]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On January 31, 2014, Hammel signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.[11] Before being later traded he compiled a 8-5 win-loss record to go with a 2.98 ERA and 104 SO.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On July 4, 2014, Hammel, along with pitcher Jeff Samardzija, was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for top shortstop prospect Addison Russell, pitcher Dan Straily, outfielder Billy McKinney, and a player to be named later.[12][13] After the trade with the A's he had a 4.26 ERA and a 2-6 win-loss record.

Return to Cubs[edit]

On December 8, 2014, after becoming a free agent following the end of the 2014 season, Hammel agreed to terms on a two-year, $20 million deal to return to the Chicago Cubs.[14]

Pitching style[edit]

Hammel throws a mix of five pitches: a four-seam fastball at 92–95 mph, a two-seam fastball (his lead pitch) at the same speed, a slider in the mid 80s, a curveball in the upper 70s, and a changeup in the high 80s. He uses all of his pitches against left-handed hitters, but eliminates the changeup against right-handers. His chief off-speed pitch with 2 strikes is the slider.[15]

Prior to the 2012 season Hammel relied mostly on the four-seamer, slider, and curve. In 2012, he shifted to a sinker/slider focus, with the other pitches playing less of a role.[16]

All of his pitches (except the changeup) produced above-average whiff rates in 2012,[15] leading to a career-high K/9 rate of 8.6[17]


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  2. ^ http://www.kitsapsun.com/sports/jason-hammel-145the-best-is-yet-to-come
  3. ^ "Pena chases Pettitte to help D-Rays cap series vs. Yanks". Scores.espn.go.com. September 2, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Howard's sac fly wins back-and-forth game; Phillies up 2-1". Espn.go.com. October 11, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Right-hander Jason Hammel, Rockies agree to two-year contract – MLB.com: News". mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ Ghiroli, Brittany. "Hammel makes O's debut a memorable affair". Baltimore.orioles.mlb.com. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jason Hammel tosses one-hit shutout against Braves". Scores.espn.go.com. June 16, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jason Hammel set for surgery". Espn.go.com. July 15, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Some thoughts from Orioles Opening Day starter Jason Hammel - baltimoresun.com". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "MLB Ejection 051: Hunter Wendelstedt (2; Jason Hamel)." Close Call Sports/Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. June 1, 2013.
  11. ^ Rogers, Jesse (January 31, 2014). "Reports: Cubs add Jason Hammel". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Reports: A's acquire Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel from Cubs for Addison Russell". Hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija to A's". Espn.go.com. July 5, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-jason-hammel-return-20141208-story.html
  15. ^ a b "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Jason Hammel". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ Axisa, Mike (October 7, 2012). "ALDS Pitching Preview: Jason Hammel". River Ave Blues. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Jason Hammel Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 

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