Steve Hammond (minors)
Steven J. Hammond
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.
- School Sacramento City College, Long Beach State University
- High School Alhambra High School
- Born April 30, 1982 in Vallejo, CA USA
Steve Hammond has pitched in the minor leagues and Taiwan.
Hammond was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 6th round of the 2005 amateur draft after going 1-3 with a 4.07 ERA as a college junior at Long Beach State. He was signed by scout Bruce Seid and made his pro debut that summer. Hammond pitched for three teams professionally in 2005 - the Helena Brewers (four games), the West Virginia Power (four games) and the Brevard County Manatees (eight games) - going a combined 5-3 with a 2.27 ERA in 16 games (10 starts). The following year, he pitched for the Manatees (14 starts) and Huntsville Stars (13 starts), going a combined 11-11 with a 2.72 ERA. He tied Yovani Gallardo, Dennis Sarfate and Carlos Villanueva for the most wins by a Brewers farmhand and tied Corey Thurman for the most losses. In 2007, he went 7-9 with a 4.69 ERA in 29 games (26 starts) for the Stars.
Hammond split the first part of 2008 between the Stars, going 7-4 with a 3.45 ERA with them, and the Nashville Sounds, going 0-4 with a 7.41 ERA. On July 20, he was traded with Darren Ford to the San Francisco Giants for Ray Durham. He pitched for the Fresno Grizzlies to wrap up the season, going 5-3 with a 5.63 ERA while on their staff. Overall, he went 12-11 with a 4.58 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) in 2008. With the Grizzlies in 2009, he went 11-12 with a 5.73 ERA in 29 games (28 starts).
He began 2010 with the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League and went 7-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 15 starts. In July, he signed with the La New Bears in Taiwan. He had a 2-1, 3.07 record in six starts for them. In 2011, he played briefly for the Lancaster Barnstormers, posting a 0.00 ERA in two starts. After not playing in 2012 or 2013, Hammond returned to pro ball for 2014, going 10-8 with a 3.30 ERA in 27 starts for the Sugar Land Skeeters.