Pittsburgh Pirates Claim Right-Handed Pitcher Off Waivers From Toronto Blue Jays

Sunday evening the Pirates claimed a pitcher off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays
Mar 10, 2023; Fort Myers, Florida, USA;Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Thomas Hatch (31) throws a
Mar 10, 2023; Fort Myers, Florida, USA;Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Thomas Hatch (31) throws a / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Sunday evening the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays

General manager Ben Cherington added to the organizational pitching depth of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday evening. This move took place when Cherington claimed a pitcher off waivers from one of his former organizations - the Toronto Blue Jays.

The pitcher is righty Thomas Hatch. Hatch was claimed off outright waivers after he had been designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier in the week. After being claimed, Hatch was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Hatch first came to the Toronto organization in 2019 when Cherington was working in the front office. Hatch will have minor league options through the 2024 season, which could lead to him being a depth option for the Pirates down the stretch this season, as well as next season.

The 28-year-old Hatch has pitched in the majors each of the past four seasons with the Blue Jays. He's pitched in 27 MLB games, with 4 being starts. Hatch has posted a 5.40 ERA, 5.14 FIP, 1.35 HR/9, 12.1% walk rate, and a 20.9% strikeout rate in 46.2 innings pitched.

This season, Hatch pitched 6.1 MLB innings in 6 relief appearances. In these 6.1 innings Hatch allowed 3 earned runs on 10 hits, 5 walks, no home runs, and 10 strikeouts. At Triple-A this season, Hatch owns at a 4.40 ERA, 5.04 FIP, 10.8% walk rate, 27.8% strikeout rate, and a 1.60 HR/9 in 45 innings pitched across 30 outings, 3 being starts.

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