David Hale (baseball)

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David Hale
MG 1771 David Hale.jpg
Hale with the Atlanta Braves
New York Yankees – No. 75
Born: (1987-09-27) September 27, 1987 (age 31)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 2013, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through July 26, 2019)
Win–loss record13-10
Earned run average4.23

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

Early career[edit]

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]

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

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.[2][3]

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,[4] breaking the franchise record for strikeouts in a debut.[5] 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.[6][7][8] 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 Rockies[edit]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Return to the minor leagues[edit]

On April 25, 2016, Hale was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles and assigned to Triple-A.[11] 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.[12]

Hale signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in April 2017.[13] 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.[14]

New York Yankees[edit]

On January 31, 2018, Hale signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.[15] The Yankees purchased his contract, promoting him to the major leagues, on April 22.[16]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

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 Yankees[edit]

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 Eagles[edit]

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 Yankees[edit]

On January 21, 2019, Hale signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.[17] He had his contract selected to the major leagues on May 21, 2019.

Personal life[edit]

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

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