Since the Fish are off to one of the most abysmal starts in MLB history lets turn our focus elsewhere. While the fish do not have the most stellar farm system there are still some bright spots. Chris Hatcher is one of those bright spots and he is closing games in New Orleans with the Marlins AAA team, the Zephyrs.
Hatcher was drafted out of UNCW in the fifth round of the 2006 amateur draft by the Marlins. Between 2006 and 2010 Hatcher spent his time calling the pitches from behind the plate instead of throwing the pitches. It was not until 2011 that Hatcher became a full time pitcher. I witnessed Hatcher play the catcher position in Greensboro and it did not surprise me when he made the move to pitcher because he had a straight canon for an arm. Hatcher has seen time with the Fish sporadically over the last three seasons without much success. Hatcher has, however, seen a great deal of success since moving to the closer role in New Orleans.
So far this season Hatcher is 5-5 in save opportunities while posting a 2.08 ERA in 8 appearances this season. He also has 9 k's to his 2 bb's. Last season Hatcher picked up 11 saves and gave up only 4 earned runs in 37 appearances giving him a 0.77 ERA. With question marks at essentially every position right now look for Hatcher to make it back with the fish this year and hopefully provide some solid innings out of the bullpen.