Jeremy Hazelbaker

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Jeremy Hazelbaker
Jeremy Hazelbaker in a totally normal situation (34004137023) (cropped).jpg
Hazelbaker with the Reno Aces in 2017
Kia Tigers – No. 5
Outfielder
Born: (1987-08-14) August 14, 1987 (age 31)
Muncie, Indiana
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 3, 2016, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.258
Home runs14
Runs batted in38
Stolen bases6
Teams

Jeremy Philip Hazelbaker (born August 14, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Kia Tigers of the KBO League. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Professional career[edit]

Draft and Boston Red Sox organization[edit]

Hazelbaker was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Ball State University. He opened 2009 with the Lowell Spinners, before being promoted to the Greenville Drive (2009–10), Salem Red Sox (2011), Portland Sea Dogs (2011–12), and Pawtucket Red Sox (2012). He batted a combined .259/.345/.434 line with 49 home runs and 157 stolen bases in 409 games.

Hazelbaker returned to Pawtucket in 2013. He posted a .257/.313/3.74 line with 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 121 games, including 62 runs scored, 37 stolen bases, and 26 extra bases.

Los Angeles Dodgers organization[edit]

On October 23, 2013, Hazelbaker was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Alex Castellanos. He was assigned to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts. In 2014, he was selected to the mid-season Southern League All-Star game.[1] In 87 games with the Lookouts and another 22 with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, he hit .244. He was assigned to the AA Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League to start the 2015 season.[2] He hit .245 in 14 games and was released by the organization on May 1, 2015.

St. Louis Cardinals organization[edit]

A few days later, Hazelbaker signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and was assigned to the AA Springfield Cardinals.[3] In 40 games with Springfield, Hazelbaker batted .308 with 19 extra base hits.[4] The Cardinals then promoted him to the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League (PCL). He was named PCL Player of the Week on July 13, 2015, after leading the league in total bases, extra base hits, and RBI.[5] At Memphis, he played in 58 games, batting .333 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI.[4]

Major League debut (2016)[edit]

On March 31, 2016, the Cardinals announced Hazelbaker had made the major league roster; he played primarily as a backup outfielder and pinch hitter. He made his major league debut on April 3 as a pinch hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates after 751 games in the minor leagues. His hitting performances in the first two weeks of the season thus caught national headlines.[4] Hazelbaker's first MLB hit was a double on April 5 and first home run was the next day; both hits were against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[6]

On April 8, Hazelbaker's second major league home run became part of a unique event in major league history. Playing against the Atlanta Braves, he, Aledmys Díaz, and Greg Garcia established a new MLB record by each hitting a pinch hit home run, becoming the first trio to hit three pinch hit home runs in one game for the same team. The previous record of two pinch hit home runs by the same team in the same game had previously occurred on 57 occasions, most recently in 2011. The Cardinals won this contest, 7–4.[7] That home run also gave him two in his first four career games, joining Joe Cunningham (1954) as the only Cardinals to accomplish the feat.[8] His first career four-hit game, including his first career triple, came in a 10–1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on April 11.[9] In the month of April, he batted .317, .357 OBP, .683 SLG, five home runs, and 13 RBI.[10]

The Cardinals optioned Hazelbaker to Memphis on June 15, 2016, after hitting .250 with seven home runs and 19 RBI.[11] During a game against the New Orleans Zephyrs on June 28, Hazelbaker was instantly ejected when he charged the mound for José Ureña, who had nearly hit him in the head. Hazelbaker also flipped his bat and avoided a left punch from Ureña.[12] After playing 13 games for Memphis and batting .325 with one home run and 11 RBI, St. Louis recalled Hazelbaker on July 19, 2016.[11]

Arizona Diamondbacks organization[edit]

On November 4, 2016, the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed Hazelbaker off waivers.[13] He was designated for assignment on April 6, 2018.[14]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On April 10, 2018, Hazelbaker was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays and optioned to AAA Durham Bulls.

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On July 12, 2018, Hazelbaker was traded to the Minnesota Twins. He became a free agent after the season ended.[15]

Kia Tigers[edit]

On November 18, 2018, Hazelbaker signed with the Kia Tigers of the KBO League.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 3, 2014). "Chris Reed, Scott Schebler among 5 Chattanooga Southern League All-Stars". truebluela. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "Drillers Opening Roster Taking Shape". Drillers News. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Connell, Jim (May 19, 2015). "Hazelbaker eager for fresh start with Cards". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Nightengale, Bob (April 19, 2016). "Jeremy Hazelbaker's big-league dream comes true with Cardinals". USA Today. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Memphis Redbirds (July 13, 2015). "Jeremy Hazelbaker named PCL Player of the Week". MiLB.com. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (April 10, 2016). "Hazelbaker continues Opening Week streak: Outfielder's first week in Majors highlighted by historic homer, big RBIs". stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (April 9, 2016). "In the Cards: Unlikely pinch-hitters make history". MLB.com. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Langosch, Jenifer; Bowman, Mark (April 9, 2016). "Diaz's pinch-hit HR blasts Cards over Braves". MLB.com. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Langosch, Jenifer; McCalvy, Adam (April 11, 2016). "Hit parade: Cards crush Crew in home opener". stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Fredrickson, Ben (July 12, 2016). "Best Month: Jeremy Hazelbaker". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Timmerman, Tom (July 19, 2016). "Peralta goes on disabled list; Hazelbaker returns". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  12. ^ O'Gara, Ryan (June 28, 2016). "Hazelbaker at center of minor-league brawl". The Star Press (Muncie, Indiana). Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  13. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/hazelbaker-kiekhefer-are-claimed-on-waivers/article_f07bf1a3-aca1-5187-9a76-9c6dd1902095.html
  14. ^ Todd, Jeff (April 6, 2018). "Diamondbacks Claim Troy Scribner, Designate Jeremy Hazelbaker". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  15. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 12, 2018.

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