Chris Hatcher (hatchch02)
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David Christopher Hatcher
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.
- School University of North Carolina-Wilmington
- High School Kinston High School
- Debut September 19, 2010
 Biographical Information
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 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.