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Bradley Richard Hand
- Bats Left, Throw Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 200 lb.
- High School Chaska High School
- Debut June 7, 2011
 Biographical Information
Brad Hand was charged with a loss in spite of pitching extremely well in his major league debut for the Florida Marlins on June 7, 2011. Facing the Atlanta Braves, he gave up only one hit and one walk over six innings, while striking out six, but the only hit was a solo home run by Alex Gonzalez and his teammates failed to score for him, saddling him with the 1-0 loss. The last time a pitcher had lost his debut in spite of allowing only one hit of six or more innings was on May 19, 1971, when Mike Thompson of the Washington Senators lost to the Baltimore Orioles in spite of allowing only one hit in seven innings.
Hand was chosen by the Marlins in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft out of high school and signed by scout Bob Oldis. Hand had some consistently solid ERAs in the minors before reaching the big leagues. He went 3-2, 2.64 in 12 games between the GCL Marlins and Jamestown Jammers in 2008, then, in his only poor year, was 7-13, 4.86 after making the jump to the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League in 2009, when he was one of the youngest players in the circuit. He spend 2010 between the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League, where he was 8-8, 3.33 in 26 starts, and the Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League, where he won his only start by giving up 2 runs over 6 innings. He continued to pitch well at Jacksonville early in 2011, earning the call to the Marlins in early June: in 11 starts, he was 7-1, 3.53. He has also posted good strikeout numbers in the minors, with 122 Ks in 2009 and 138 in 2010, slightly below one per inning pitched.