David James Hess
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 180 lb.
- School Tennessee Technological University
- High School Tullahoma High School
- Debut May 12, 2018
Pitcher David Hess made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles early during the 2018 season. As if being a member of the pitching staff of one of the worst teams in major league history was not embarrassing enough, he suffered an injury before a game on September 7th. Playing catch with a football before a game, he was hit in the eye and had to receive medical attention; someone kindly provided him with an LSU football helmet when he returned to the team halfway through the game. "Next time I've just got to move my head or catch the ball," he commented after the incident. He finished his rookie season with a record of 3-10, 4.88 in 21 games, logging 103 1/3 innings.
His first start of the 2019 season on April 1st was a memorable one, as he kept the Toronto Blue Jays hitless through 6 1/3 innings, before new manager Brandon Hyde removed him due to a predetermined pitch count limit, having thrown 82 pitches. He struck out 8 and walked 1 and had a comfortable 6-0 lead when he was lifted in favor of Pedro Araujo. Araujo proceeded to issue a walk and then a two-run homer to Randal Grichuk to break the no-hit bid. The bullpen almost squandered the lead too, allowing one more run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th before Richard Bleier was able to strike out Lourdes Gurriel with the tying run on third base, giving Hess credit for the 6-5 win.