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David Christopher Hatcher

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Chris Hatcher was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 5th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Joel Matthews and made his pro debut that summer.

Due mostly to his glove, Hatcher made his major league debut as a catcher late in the 2010 season with the Florida Marlins; he went 0 for 6 in 5 games. The following off-season, he was converted to pitching, and after starting at AA, quickly impressed the Marlins' top brass with his strong arm in 2011. He was 2-1, 2.31 in 30 games, with 39 strikeouts in 35 innings, for the Jacksonville Suns when the Marlins called him up over the All-Star break. He made his debut as a pitcher on July 16th, pitching a perfect inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in a 13-3 win, less than a year after making his major league debut as a position player. The last player to make a similar quick transition from the backstop to the mound was Art Doll, with the 1936 Boston Bees.

Hatcher made a few appearances for the Marlins each year from 2011 to 2013 while pursuing his apprenticeship in the minors, befors spending his first full season at the major league level in 2014. In 52 games, he went 0-3, 3.38, pitching 56 innings and striking out 60 batters. After the season, on December 10th, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with P Andrew Heaney and utility players Austin Barnes and Enrique Hernandez in return for 2B Dee Gordon, P Dan Haren and IF Miguel Rojas.

Hatcher had pitched a couple of minor league games before making the transition, not giving up a run in 1 1/3 innings in 2009 and 2010.

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