Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel
Kansas City Royals – No. 39
Born: (1982-09-02) September 2, 1982
Greenville, South Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 2006, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
MLB statistics
(through August 29, 2018)
Win–loss record 94–112
Earned run average 4.61
Strikeouts 1,421
Career highlights and awards

Jason Aaron Hammel (born September 2, 1982) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, and Chicago Cubs.

Amateur career

Hammel was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but raised in Port Orchard, Washington. He attended South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington, and led the team to a 20–1 season in 2000 as the number one starter in the rotation. Hammel was drafted in the 23rd round by the Seattle Mariners, but opted instead to attend Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.[1][2] He played collegiate summer league ball for the Wenatchee AppleSox of the West Coast League.[3]

Professional career

Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected Hammel in the 10th round of the 2002 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut on April 11, 2006, against the Baltimore Orioles and got his first victory as a starter on September 2, 2007, against the New York Yankees.[4]

Colorado Rockies

On April 5, 2009, the Rays traded Hammel to the Colorado Rockies for pitching prospect Aneury Rodríguez. On October 11, 2009, Jason Hammel started game three of the 2009 National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Though he looked strong initially, he ended up allowing four earned runs and the Rockies went on to lose the game.[5]

Hammel agreed to a two-year contract with the Rockies before the 2011 season.[6]

Baltimore Orioles

The Rockies traded Hammel to the Baltimore Orioles, along with pitcher Matt Lindstrom, for pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on February 6, 2012. In his Orioles debut, he took a no-hit bid into the 8th inning, with the Orioles eventually winning, 3–1, over the Minnesota Twins.[7]

On June 16, 2012, Hammel led the Orioles to a 5–0 victory over the Atlanta Braves, holding the Braves to one hit over nine innings. It was the first complete game shutout of his career and the first complete game by an Orioles pitcher in the 2012 season.[8]

On July 15, 2012, Hammel was placed on the 15-day disabled list to have a right knee surgery.[9]

Hammel started for the Orioles on Opening Day in 2013.[10]

On June 1, 2013, during a game against the Tigers, Hammel was ejected for the first time in his career, by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Hammel had given up three consecutive home runs and his next pitch hit Matt Tuiasosopo in the shoulder with a slider.[11]

Chicago Cubs

On January 31, 2014, Hammel signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.[12] Before being later traded he compiled a 8–5 win-loss record to go with a 2.98 ERA and 104 SO.

Oakland Athletics

On July 4, 2014, the Cubs traded Hammel, along with pitcher Jeff Samardzija, to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for top shortstop prospect Addison Russell, pitcher Dan Straily, outfielder Billy McKinney, and a player to be named later.[13][14] After the trade with the A's he had a 4.26 ERA and a 2–6 win-loss record.

Return to Cubs

On December 8, 2014, after becoming a free agent following the end of the 2014 season, Hammel agreed to terms on a two-year, $20 million deal to return to the Chicago Cubs. Hammel finished the 2015 season with a 10–7 record and a 3.74 ERA. In game four of the 2015 National League Division Series vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, Hammel was the starting pitcher and pitched only 3 innings allowing three hits, two runs, one home run, and walked three batters with a no decision in the Cubs' 6–4 win over the Cardinals. Hammel also was the starting pitcher in game four of the 2015 National League Championship Series vs. the New York Mets, he only pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing four hits, five runs, two home runs, and walked two batters with the loss in the Cubs' 8–3 loss against the Mets.

Hammel finished the first half of the 2016 MLB season with a solid 7–5 record and a 3.46 ERA. Hammel finished the season with a 15–10 record and a 3.83 ERA.[15] Although he was not included on the Cubs' postseason roster,[16] Hammel won his first World Series.

On November 5, 2016, the Cubs declined Hammel's option for 2017 and he became a free agent.[17]

Kansas City Royals

On February 8, 2017, Hammel signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Kansas City Royals. The contract includes a mutual option for the 2019 season.[18] In his first season in Kansas City, Hammel struggled throughout the season, posting a record of 8-13 with a career high 5.29 in 180 13 innings.

Pitching style

Hammel throws a mix of five pitches: a four-seam fastball at 92–95 mph, a two-seam fastball (his lead pitch) at the same speed, a slider in the mid 80s, a curveball in the upper 70s, and a changeup in the high 80s. He uses all of his pitches against left-handed hitters, but eliminates the changeup against right-handers. His chief off-speed pitch with 2 strikes is the slider.[19]

Prior to the 2012 season Hammel relied mostly on the four-seamer, slider, and curve. In 2012, he shifted to a sinker/slider focus, with the other pitches playing less of a role.[20]

All of his pitches except the changeup produced above-average whiff rates in 2012,[19] leading to a career-high K/9 rate of 8.6[21]

Personal life

Hammel met Elissa Nichols in 2006 and they married in 2009.[22] Together they have a son, Beckett, and a daughter, Colby.[23]

See also


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  5. "Howard's sac fly wins back-and-forth game; Phillies up 2–1". Espn.go.com. October 11, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  6. "Right-hander Jason Hammel, Rockies agree to two-year contract – MLB.com: News". mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  7. Ghiroli, Brittany. "Hammel makes O's debut a memorable affair". Baltimore.orioles.mlb.com. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  8. "Jason Hammel tosses one-hit shutout against Braves". Scores.espn.go.com. June 16, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  9. "Jason Hammel set for surgery". Espn.go.com. July 15, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  10. "Some thoughts from Orioles Opening Day starter Jason Hammel - baltimoresun.com". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  11. "MLB Ejection 051: Hunter Wendelstedt (2; Jason Hamel)." Close Call Sports/Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. June 1, 2013.
  12. Rogers, Jesse (January 31, 2014). "Reports: Cubs add Jason Hammel". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  13. "Reports: A's acquire Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel from Cubs for Addison Russell". Hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  14. "Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija to A's". Espn.go.com. July 5, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  15. Gonzales, Mark. "Jason Hammel agrees to deal to rejoin Cubs". Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  16. Skrbina, Paul. "Jason Hammel, Matt Szczur not playing but feel like part of Cubs' success". Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  17. Byrne, Connor (November 6, 2016). "Cubs Decline Jason Hammel's Option". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  18. Flanagan, Jeffrey (February 8, 2017). "Hammel inks two-year deal with Royals". MLB.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  19. 1 2 "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Jason Hammel". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  20. Axisa, Mike (October 7, 2012). "ALDS Pitching Preview: Jason Hammel". River Ave Blues. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  21. "Jason Hammel Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  22. "For Hammel, Mother's Day not enough to celebrate wife". MLB.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  23. "On the mound, Royals' Jason Hammel carries memories of late father". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
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