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Marlins catcher returns as pitcher

Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 11:32 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Chris HatcherLast September Chris Hatcher made his big-league debut with the Marlins, starting two games behind the plate for Florida, but went 0 for 6 in eight plate appearances as a catcher and pinch-hitter.

He's coming back today, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports.

That's hardly news, plenty of September call-ups come back the next year. The difference here is that Hatcher is being called up to serve in the Marlins bullpen, but not as a catcher. Instead, Hatcher will be a reliever.

Hatcher was 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA in 30 appearances for Double-A Jacksonville, striking out 39 and walking 15 in 35 innings.

This spring Capozzi wrote about Hatcher's transition. When screwing around with another catcher in the bullpen while in Jacksonville in 2009, he noticed his pitches had incredible movement. The team's pitching coach at the time noticed too.

Hatcher did pitch in college at UNC-Wilmington and struggled hitting last year, hitting a combined .197/.274/.283. This season he has one hit in four plate appearances, which isn't a good line for a position player, but good for a pitcher.

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