Jake Hager (baseball)

Jake William Hager (born March 4, 1993) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the New York Mets in 2021.

Jake Hager
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Hager at MacDill Air Force Base in 2013
Arizona Diamondbacks
Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1993-03-04) March 4, 1993 (age 28)
Henderson, Nevada
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 15, 2021, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through August 12, 2021)
Batting average.125
Home runs0
Runs batted in2
Teams

CareerEdit

Tampa Bay RaysEdit

Hager attended Sierra Vista High School in Spring Valley, Nevada, where he was a four-year starter on the baseball team.[1] As a senior, he was the Nevada Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year after batting .547 with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs.[2] Hager was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.[3][4] He signed with the Rays rather than play college baseball at Arizona State University.[5]

After signing, Hager made his professional debut that same year for Princeton Rays and spent the whole season there,[6] batting .269 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 47 games. He played for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2012 where he slashed .281/.345/.412 with ten home runs and 72 RBIS in 114 games, Charlotte Stone Crabs in 2013 where he batted .258 with 33 RBIs in 113 games, and Montgomery Biscuits in 2014 where he posted a .271 batting average with four home runs and 47 RBIs in 114 games. Hager did not play in 2015 due to injury. In 2016, he played for Montgomery and the Durham Bulls where he batted a combined a combined .233 with four home runs and 38 RBIs in 114 games, and in 2017, he returned to Durham where he slashed .229/.275/.328 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 73 games.[7] Hager elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

On February 9, 2018, Hager signed with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association.[8]

On February 20, 2018, Hager signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[9] He was assigned to the Biloxi Shuckers. On October 29, Hager re-signed to a minor league contract that included an invitation to 2019 spring training.[10] He elected free agency following the 2019 season.

New York MetsEdit

On January 9, 2020, Hager signed a minor league deal the New York Mets organization. Hager did not play in a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] He became a free agent on November 2. On November 4, 2020, Hager re-signed with the Mets on a new minor league contract.

On May 15, 2021, Hager was selected to the Mets 40-man roster and was promoted to the major leagues for the first time.[12] He made his MLB debut for the Mets that day against his former draft team the Tampa Bay Rays as a pinch hitter in the top of the 9th inning for Kevin Pillar, lining out to center field in his only at-bat. On May 21, Hager recorded his first major league hit, a single off of Miami Marlins reliever Adam Cimber. He was designated for assignment the next day after hitting .125 in 5 games.[13]

Milwaukee Brewers (second stint)Edit

On May 25, 2021, Hager was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.[14] Hager posted a .211/.288/.394 slash line for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds before being designated for assignment on June 18.[15] He did not make an MLB appearance with the Brewers before his designation.

Seattle MarinersEdit

On June 22, 2021, Hager was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners.[16][17] Hager hit .214/.294/.469 with 6 home runs and 11 RBI in 26 games for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers before he was designated for assignment on July 27.[18]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

On July 30, 2021, Hager was claimed off of waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Damon SeitersLAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL (May 26, 2011). "Sierra Vista's Hager well-rounded star". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  2. ^ Brewer, Ray (June 6, 2011). "Tampa Bay Rays take Sierra Vista High shortstop Jake Hager No. 32 overall - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper". Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  3. ^ Ray Brewer (June 6, 2011). "Tampa Bay Rays take Sierra Vista High shortstop Jake Hager No. 32 overall". LasVegasSun.com.
  4. ^ Tristan AirdLAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. "Rays' call emotional for Sierra Vista's Hager". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  5. ^ Damon SeitersLAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. "Ex-Sierra Vista star Hager inks deal with Rays". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  6. ^ JONATHAN GREENEBluefield Daily Telegraph (July 20, 2011). "First rounder Hager eager for pro ball". Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ "Jake Hager Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "First Round Signing, Infielder Jake Hager Joins Saints for 2018". St. Paul Saints. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Brewers' Jake Hager: Inks minor-league deal with Brewers". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers: Jake Hager re-signed, invited to Spring Training". ReviewingTheBrew.com. October 29, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Jeff Todd (June 30, 2020). "2020 Minor League Season Canceled". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  12. ^ Connor Byrne (May 15, 2021). "Mets Select Jake Hager, Designate Trevor Hildenberger". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  13. ^ Mark Polishuk (May 22, 2021). "Mets Designate Jake Hager". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  14. ^ Steve Adams (May 25, 2021). "Brewers Claim Jake Hager From Mets". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  15. ^ Anthony Franco (June 18, 2021). "Brewers Activate Kolten Wong, Select Zack Godley". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  16. ^ "Mariners Claim INF/OF Jake Hager from Milwaukee". June 22, 2021.
  17. ^ Anthony Franco (June 22, 2021). "Mariners Claim Jake Hager; Evan White Seeking Second Opinion". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  18. ^ "Mariners land lefty starter Anderson from Pirates". July 28, 2021.
  19. ^ Darragh McDonald. "Deadline Day Roster Moves". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 12, 2021.

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