Chris Hatcher (hatchch02)
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
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. After going 0-7 through his first 100 games, covering five seasons, he finally earned his first big league win on May 22, 2015, when Joc Pederson homered off Joaquin Benoit of the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the 8th inning to break a 1-1 tie. He had recorded his first career save in his first appearance for the Dodgers, on April 6th also against the Padres, filing in for Kenley Jansen who had started the year on the disabled list. he went 3-5, 3.69 in 49 games that year, with 4 saves. he also pitched in the postseason for the only time of his career, making 4 appearances during the NLDS against the New York Mets with no decisions and an unblemished ERA in 3 2/3 innings.
Chris took a step back in 2016, as his ERA shot up to 5.53 in 37 games, during which he went 5-4. He struck out 43 batters in 40 2/3 innings while allowing 40 hits and 21 walks. He was not used in the postseason that year. In 2017, with the Dodgers having one of the best seasons in franchise history, he was 0-1, 4.66 after 26 games, no longer playing a key role in the bullpen after missing 42 games with a thoracic inflammation. On August 15th, he was sent to the Oakland Athletics in return for pool money for international signings.
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.