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Countdown to Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day: D-33, Steve Hathaway

We saw some of this lefty reliever last season. More in 2017?

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We asked you to rank the 40-man roster along with the 16 non-roster invitees to spring training, and every day between now and the eve of Opening Day, we’ll have a profile of one of those Diamondbacks.

D minus 33: Steve Hathaway

  • Date of birth: September 13, 1990
  • Ht/Wt: 6’1”, 185 lbs
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Status: 40-man roster
  • Bats/Throws: L/L
  • 2016 MLB numbers: 14.2 IP in 24 games, 4.91 ERA, 15:6 K:BB
  • SnakePit Rating: 4.52 [pattern of votes below]

I think Hathaway is first to arrive without a “1” ranking, an indication we are moving up the charts. He was definitely a LOOGY for the D-backs last season, averaging 2.7 batters per appearance and 1.8 outs. Hathaway’s ERA was skewed by two bad outings, responsible for six of eight earned runs allowed; they included his major-league debut which went single, double, strikeout, three-run homer to Corey Seager. Welcome to the bigs, Mr. Hathaway: not a great first impression. He rebounded the following night with two scoreless innings, and had another two-framer on August 7. But thereafter, you blinked and missed him, with 15 of his last 19 outings being one or two outs.

Worth noting though, he wasn’t an effective LOOGY in the majors, with an ugly .900 OPS by left-handed hitters - admittedly, not helped by Seager, or a .440 BABIP. Oddly, the same reverse split showed up in Reno, where lefties hit him 45 points better and had both homers off Hathaway. It’ll be interesting to see if that plays into how he is used this year, though small sample size may be involved. There’s a lot more competition this spring, though it’s not clear if the D-backs will go with one or two relief left-handers. Hathaway’s only rival on the 40-man roster is Andrew Chafin, but non-roster possibles include Jorge De La Rosa, Jared Miller and Yuhei Nakaushiro.

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