Jeremy Hazelbaker

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Jeremy Philip Hazelbaker

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Biographical Information[edit]

Speedy outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker began his professional career in 2009. He reached Triple-A for the first time in 2012 and reached that level each season through 2015.

He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox and played in their system until 2013. He eclipsed the 30-steal mark four times, with as many as 63 swipes in 2010 for the Greenville Drive. He made the South Atlantic League All-Star team in 2010. In addition to his speed, he has exhibited good pop, belting as many as 19 home runs in a season. He was a Organization All-Star in 2010 and 2011.

On October 25, 2013, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Alex Castellanos. He played for their system in 2014 and part of 2015 before being released in May. The St. Louis Cardinals signed him for the remainder of the season. He was a Mid-Season All-Star again in 2014 and 2015.

Hazelbaker was the first player to make his debut in the major leagues in 2016, when he pinch-hit for Adam Wainwright in the 7th inning of the first game of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 3rd. In a tough assignment, he struck out against lefty Tony Watson. He did flash some power quickly, as he hit a pinch double against Mark Melancon for his first big league hit on April 5th, then his first major league homer off Juan Nicasio in his first start on April 6th. On April 8th, he homered again, this time as a pinch-hitter, against Matt Wisler of the Atlanta Braves as the Cardinals set a major league record with three pinch homers in the 7-4 win. Aledmys Diaz and Greg Garcia were the others who connected as pinch-hitters that day. In his first home game on April 11th, he went 4 for 4 with a double and a triple in a 10-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers and after two weeks in the majors, he was hitting .351. On September 12th, he led off the 9th inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs with his 12th homer, breaking up a bid for a no-hitter by Kyle Hendricks; the Cards still lost the game, 4-1, though.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bob Nightengale: "Jeremy Hazelbaker's big-league dream comes true with Cardinals", USA Today Sports, April 18, 2016. [1]

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