San Diego, CA- Former Virgina Tech Hokie and Padres Top Pitching Prospect Jesse Hahn has been called up by the San Diego Padres from Double-A San Antonio to make his major league debut Tuesday, according to Virginia Tech Senior Writer Doug Bowman for Rivals.com.
Tim Stauffer will start tonight for the Padres for the injured Andrew Cashner and with Robbie Erlin still on the disabled list and the team needing a fifth starter, the Padres will turn to Top Pitching prospect Jesse Hahn tomorrow.
The Padres acquired Jesse Hahn this past off-season from the Tampa Rays in a seven player trade. The Padres sent infielders Logan Forsythe and Maxx Tissenbaum and right-handed pitchers Matt Andriese, Brad Boxberger and Matt Lollis to the Rays for left-handed reliever Alex Torres and right-handed pitching prospect Jesse Hahn.
Hahn was very impressive in Spring Training and almost made the the Opening Day roster, before being sent to Double-A San Antonio. This season for the Missions Jesse Hahn was 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 32.2 innings with 11 walks and 28 strikeouts. Opposing batter are only hitting .242 against him.
Heres a scouting report on Jesse Hahn by MLB.com’s
Hahn needed Tommy John surgery soon after being drafted in 2010 and it took him a while to get going in the Minor Leagues. He looked as good as ever when he finally did return to the mound in 2012. The Padres acquired him in January 2014 as a part of a seven-player deal with the Rays.Hahn’s fastball sits in the low-90s and he can reach back for more at times. All of his secondary pitches are solid offerings, giving him a full arsenal to attack hitters. He throws from a good downhill angle, creating lots of groundballs.Though Hahn has recovered from surgery, he hasn’t thrown more than 70 innings in a season as a professional and still needs to prove he is durable enough to be a starter in the Major Leagues.
The other candidates the Padres were considering for the start was recently promoted Triple-A Cuban right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne and Top Pitching Prospect Matt Wisler. Despaigne pitched four innings last Tuesday in his Triple-A debut and Wisler who many consider to be the most talented of the three, has struggled a bit in his transition to Triple-A and was taken out of the running for the spot start when he started yesterday for Triple-A El Paso.