Mets Sign Right-Hander Donovan Hand To Minor League Deal

By Michael Mayer

March 8, 2017 12 Comments

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The New York Mets have signed right-handed pitcher Donovan Hand to a minor league deal according to Matt Ehalt from The Record. He will report to minor league camp.

Hand, 30, pitched the entire 2016 season in the Atlanticc League for the Somerset Patriots. In 24 games (18 starts), he went 4-8 with a 5.16 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 4.05 SO/W ratio.

Hand last pitched in the major leagues when he threw three scoreless innings for the Cincinnati Reds in 2015. He made his major league debut in 2013 with the Milwaukee Brewers. He had a 3.69 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 1.76 SO/W ratio.

In his minor league career, Hand has a 3.93 ERA and has walked only 2.0 BB/9 in 730.1 innings. The veteran was the Brewers 14th round pick in 2007 from Jacksonville State University.

Hand is a sinkerball pitcher that also throws a curve , slider and occasionally a changeup.

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  • Not4

    Presumably organizational filler, though it seems like they already had a plethora of arms. Where do you think he’ll be put?

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  • bennyhill

    On the waiver wire

  • Michael Mayer

    Could be AA, starting rotation in Vegas looks like some combo of Wilk, Gilmartin, Montero, Jannis, Lugo, Pill. Not that he can’t bump one of those guys from the rotation. Upper level rotation depth isn’t exciting.

  • Not4

    Thanks Michael.

    You’re right about the upper level pitching depth. But it could become much more interesting at least in terms of some serious high-end talent if Molina and Dunn are promoted to bingo by mid year

  • Michael Mayer

    Binghamton should be interesting but Vegas rotation will most likely be boring all year.

  • Not4

    Yep. Aside from maybe if Wheeler, Lugo or Gsellman spend any time there

  • Michael Mayer

    Absolutely, St. Lucie and Columbia should be the rotations to watch this year.

  • Not4

    Should be something to see. You planning any trips to see them this summer?

  • Michael Mayer

    Nothing right now, heading to PSL in two weeks. Luckily, the Columbia games are on Milb.tv now and pretty darn good quality.

  • danielm – LGM

    Yeah, Columbia’s broadcasts have by far the best quality of any in the system. Although, that’s not really saying much. Neither Binghamton’s or Vegas’ are particularly good.

  • Michael Mayer

    Binghamton I would say is okay and Vegas is like watching tv in the 70s during a storm.