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Blaine Patrick Hardy (born March 14, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Tigers in 2014.

Blaine Hardy
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Hardy with the Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers – No. 36
Pitcher
Born: (1987-03-14) March 14, 1987 (age 32)
Seattle, Washington
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 16, 2014, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through 2019)
Win–loss record14–10
Earned run average3.73
Strikeouts229
Teams

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College careerEdit

Hardy attended Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Washington, graduating in 2005.[1] He then enrolled at the University of Portland in 2006 where he played for the school's college baseball team. Hardy then transferred to Bellevue College for the 2007 season, and would go on to play for Lewis–Clark State College in 2008. Hardy was a member of the Lewis–Clark National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series championship team in 2008.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Minor leaguesEdit

The Kansas City Royals selected Hardy in the 22nd round of the 2008 MLB Draft. The Royals released Hardy during spring training in 2013.[3]

Hardy signed with the Detroit Tigers in April 2013, and they assigned him to the Erie SeaWolves of the Class AA Eastern League. Hardy finished with a 2–2 record and a 1.63 earned run average (ERA) as a reliever before he was promoted to the Toledo Mud Hens of the Class AAA International League. He was pressed into duty as a starting pitcher due to a pitching shortage and performed well.[3] He finished the season with an 8–3 record and a 1.67 ERA between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo.[4]

Detroit TigersEdit

2014Edit

Hardy was a non-roster invitee to spring training in 2014, and impressed as he competed for a role as the team's long reliever.[4][5] The Tigers reassigned him to minor league camp towards the end of spring training.[6] On June 15, 2014, the Detroit Tigers purchased Hardy's contract from Triple-A Toledo, and he was added to the 25-man roster.[7] Hardy made his major league debut for the Detroit Tigers the next day in a game against the Kansas City Royals, pitching two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking two and striking out two.[8] He performed well in his first major league season, posting a 2.54 ERA in 39 innings pitched.

2015Edit

Hardy made the Tiger roster for Opening Day in the 2015 season, but was held back for extended spring training due to a minor injury. On August 23, 2015, Hardy's homerless streak of ​84 23 innings ended after allowing a home run to Mike Napoli. This was the longest active homerless innings streak in the major leagues. The last time Hardy had allowed a home run was to Jason Castro on June 27, 2014. Hardy holds the franchise record for the most appearances by a left-hander without allowing a home run, at 87, and was two appearances away from tying Bernie Boland's record for 89 homerless appearances.[9] He would finish the season with a 3.08 ERA, while striking out 55 batters in ​61 13 innings. He appeared in a team-high 70 games in 2015.

2016Edit

On May 12, 2016, Hardy was optioned to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.[10] He made seven appearances between June 6 and June 18 before being optioned to Toledo again. He was called up to the Tigers again in August, and pitched three scoreless innings of an August 9 game against the Seattle Mariners. For the 2016 season, Hardy made 21 relief appearances, posting a 1–0 record with a 3.51 ERA in ​25 23 innings pitched.

2017Edit

Hardy again split time between Toledo and Detroit in 2017. He struggled with the Tigers this season, posting a 5.94 ERA and 1.77 WHIP while striking out 28 batters in ​33 13 innings. On November 25, 2017, the Tigers avoided arbitration with Hardy, agreeing on a one-year contract.[11]

2018Edit

On March 25, 2018, Hardy was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo by the Tigers.[12] On May 4, 2018, the Tigers purchased Hardy's minor league contract and added him to the roster.[13] Hardy made his first major league start on May 13, giving up two earned runs in ​4 13 innings against the Seattle Mariners, while throwing a career-high 79 pitches.[14] In his third start on May 27, Hardy went a career-high seven innings and threw 85 pitches, giving up just one run and three hits against the Chicago White Sox to earn his first major league win as a starter. Due to injuries to Francisco Liriano and Jordan Zimmermann, Hardy continued to pitch in the Tigers starting rotation through the month of June. He made seven total starts, going 3–1 with a 3.66 ERA in those games, before returning to the bullpen on July 1.[15] He earned his first major league save on July 2 against the Toronto Blue Jays.[16] Back in the rotation on August 3, Hardy took a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics into the seventh inning, before an infield single by Jed Lowrie ruined the no-hit bid. He finished the game allowing one hit, with two walks and six strikeouts on a career-high 106 pitches.[17] On August 17, Hardy was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to elbow tendinitis.[18]

For the 2018 season, Hardy appeared in 30 games (13 starts), compiling a 4–5 record, 3.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 66 strikeouts in 86 innings.

2019Edit

On January 11, 2019, the Tigers avoided arbitration with Hardy, agreeing on a one-year, $1.3 million contract.[19] Despite having pitched in 194 games for the Tigers over five seasons, 2019 marked the first time in his career that Hardy was with the team for an opening day.[20] After putting up a 4.47 ERA in 44 1/3 innings in 2019, mostly with elbow pain, Hardy was optioned to the Toledo Mud Hens on August 9. Hardy opted to receive PRP injections to treat his elbow on August 13 after seeking a second opinion during the 72-hour window to report to Toledo. Hardy was then placed on the 60-day injured list which ended his season.[21] His option was rescinded since he had his elbow treated prior to reporting to his minor league assignment.[22]

Pitch selectionEdit

Hardy throws a fastball in the 87–91 mph range that he will occasionally cut for late movement. His most effective pitch is an upper-70s curveball, which has yielded most of his strikeouts to date. He mixes in a changeup at 78–81 mph.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "E-W grad Blaine Hardy gets Ichiro to ground out as he faces home-town team". My Edmonds News. April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Reisenweber, Tom (April 29, 2013). "Hardy added to Erie roster | Extra Innings". Goerieblogs.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Briggsblade, David (July 29, 2013). "Hardy finds niche with Mud Hens". Toledo Blade. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Non-roster invitee Blaine Hardy quietly emerging as strong candidate to make Detroit Tigers' roster". MLive.com. March 6, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Hardy continues to impress out of bullpen | tigers.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. March 5, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Detroit Tigers cut Jhan Marinez, Blaine Hardy; opening day roster set barring further moves". MLive.com. March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Wanting another lefty in 'pen, Tigers add Hardy". MLB.com. June 15, 2014. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "E-W grad Hardy makes major-league debut". heraldnet.com. June 16, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  9. ^ Beck, Jason (August 23, 2015). "Hardy's outstanding homerless stretch ends". MLB.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Seidel, Jeff (May 12, 2016). "Moya recalled from Triple-A as Tigers option Hardy". MLB.com. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  11. ^ Adler, David (November 25, 2017). "Hardy avoids arbitration with 1-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  12. ^ Byrne, Connor (March 25, 2018). "Tigers Outright Blaine Hardy". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "Miguel Cabrera injured placed on disabled list". MLB.com. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Beck, Jason (May 13, 2018). "Iglesias, Goodrum lead Tigers in wild walk-off". MLB.com. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "Tigers 9, Blue Jays 1". MLB.com. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  16. ^ "Tigers recover from blown save to beat Blue Jays 3-2". CBSsports.com. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  17. ^ Beck, Jason (August 4, 2018). "Tigers shut out in 13 after Hardy flirts with no-no". MLB.com. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  18. ^ Woodbery, Evan (August 17, 2018). "Tigers place Blaine Hardy on DL, bring up Ryan Carpenter". MLive.com. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  19. ^ Beck, Jason (January 11, 2019). "Tigers avoid arbitration with Boyd, Castellanos". MLB.com. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  20. ^ Beck, Jason (March 28, 2019). "Middle of Tigers' order is work in progress". MLB.com. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  21. ^ Woodbery, Evan (August 14, 2019). "Tigers' Blaine Hardy not going to Toledo after all, but his season is done". mlive.com. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  22. ^ Rogacki, Rob (August 13, 2019). "Tigers' Blaine Hardy placed on injured list, likely out for season with elbow injury". Bless You Boys. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  23. ^ "Blaine Hardy PitchFX at FanGraphs.com". fangraphs.com. Retrieved August 29, 2014.

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