David Hale (baseball)

David E. Hale (born September 27, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees and in the Korea Baseball Organization for the Hanwha Eagles.

David Hale
MG 1771 David Hale.jpg
Hale with the Atlanta Braves
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 41
Born: (1987-09-27) September 27, 1987 (age 33)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 13, 2013, for the Atlanta Braves
KBO: 2018, for the Hanwha Eagles
MLB statistics
(through September 22, 2020)
Win–loss record13–10
Earned run average4.23

Early careerEdit

Hale played baseball at The Walker School in Marietta, Georgia, before enrolling at Princeton University and playing college baseball for the Princeton Tigers baseball team.[1] In 2008, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Atlanta BravesEdit

The Atlanta Braves selected Hale in the third round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. The Braves added him to their 40-man roster after the 2012 season.[3][4]

Hale was recalled from the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on September 5, 2013. He made his major league debut on September 13, pitching five innings and recording nine strikeouts,[5] breaking the franchise record for strikeouts in a debut.[6] In the debut, he opposed the Princeton's Will Venable who struck out leading off the game for the San Diego Padres. This was the second matchup between a Princeton pitcher and a Princeton batter in major league history.[7][8][9] Hale made the Braves' NLDS roster in 2013. He only appeared in one game as a reliever.

Hale spent the majority of the 2014 season in the Braves bullpen after beginning the season as a starter. He started 6 games before shifting to the bullpen, where he ended up appearing in 39 games. Overall, Hale finished the 2014 season with 45 appearances and a 4-5 record with a 3.30 ERA in 87.1 innings.

Colorado RockiesEdit

Following the 2014 season, the Braves traded Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd.[10]

Hale spent time in the minors in 2015 but would be recalled by Colorado from the Albuquerque Isotopes on June 2.

On April 22, 2016, Hale was designated for assignment by the Rockies.[11]

Return to the minor leaguesEdit

On April 25, 2016, Hale was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles and assigned to Triple-A.[12] He became a free agent after the season. Hale signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves for the 2017 season. He was released in March 2017.[13]

Hale signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in April 2017.[14] He appeared in 15 games (14 starts) in the Dodgers farm system between the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers and Double-A Tulsa Drillers and was 5–4 with a 4.74 ERA.[15]

New York YankeesEdit

On January 31, 2018, Hale signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.[16] The Yankees purchased his contract, promoting him to the major leagues, on April 22.[17]

Minnesota TwinsEdit

On April 26, 2018, the Minnesota Twins acquired Hale via waiver claim. He pitched in one game and was designated for assignment on April 28, 2018. Hale cleared waivers and subsequently became a free agent after rejecting the outright assignment.

Second stint with YankeesEdit

On May 1, 2018, Hale signed another minor league deal with the New York Yankees. After being designated for assignment again he elected free agency on May 16, 2018. He re-signed to another minor league deal on May 20, 2018. He was designated for a second time by the team on July 7.

Hanwha EaglesEdit

After his release from the Yankees, he agreed to a deal with the Hanwha Eagles. He became a free agent following the 2018 season.

Third stint with YankeesEdit

On January 21, 2019, Hale signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.[18] He had his contract selected to the major leagues on May 21, 2019. During the season, he pitched in 20 games out of the bullpen, earning an ERA of 3.11. On July 28, 2019, Hale was placed on the 10-day injured list with lumbar spine strain. On September 1, 2019, he was transferred to the 60-day injured list with a knee injury sustained during his inactivity. He was reinstated to the active roster on September 28th, pitching in one game before the regular season ended. Hale was not selected to the postseason roster for the Yankees ALDS against the Minnesota Twins.

On October 12, 2019, after defeating the Twins and advancing to the ALCS, the Yankees designated Hale for assignment in order to reinstate Aaron Hicks from the 60-day injured list. He elected free agency on October 21.

On February 3, 2020, the Yankees signed Hale to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. As part of an arrangement to provide him with an opt-out clause within a week of the delayed Opening Day, the Yankees released and then re-signed Hale on April 2, 2020. On July 21, Hale had his contract selected to the 40-man roster. He was designated for assignment on August 17.

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

On August 21, 2020, Hale was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Addison Russ.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Hale was drafted following his junior year at Princeton, but attended courses during the baseball off-season and graduated with a degree in economics.[1] He married his high school girlfriend on November 14, 2015.


  1. ^ a b O'Brien, David (February 26, 2013). "Braves relief hopeful Hale is Princeton grad". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  2. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Rogers, Carroll (November 20, 2012). "Christian Bethancourt among five added to Braves' 40-man roster". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Bowman, Mark (November 20, 2012). "Christian Bethancourt among five added to Braves' 40-man roster". MLB.com. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  5. ^ Odum, Charles (September 14, 2013). "Medlen Continues Surge, Braves Edge Padres 2-1". ABC News. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  6. ^ O'Brien, David (September 13, 2013). "Hale's sparkling debut spoiled when Braves blow lead". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  7. ^ Schulz, Larry (October 23, 2013). "Tiger Vs. Tiger". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Friday, September 13, 2013, 7:30 pm , Turner Field: Attendance: 34,112, Time of Game: 3:00". Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "Will Venable vs. David Hale". Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  10. ^ Bowman, Mark (January 30, 2015). "Braves land pair of catchers in trade with Rockies". MLB.com. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "Rockies designate David Hale for assignment". CBS Sports. April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  12. ^ "Orioles claim David Hale". CBS Baltimore. April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Eddy, Matt (March 29, 2017). "Minor League Transactions: March 18–24". Baseball America. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  14. ^ "Minor League Transactions, April 8-15, 2017". Baseball America. April 18, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  15. ^ "David Hale minor league statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  16. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/01/minor-mlb-transactions-13118.html
  17. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/yankees-david-hale-added-to-active-roster/
  18. ^ "Max Wildstein on Twitter".
  19. ^ Seidman, Corey (August 21, 2020). "Phillies trade Addison Russ to Yankees for David Hale". NBC Sports Philadelphia. Retrieved August 21, 2020.

External linksEdit