ERIC HANHOLD, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: November 1, 1993
Drafted: 6th Round, 181st Overall, 2015 (Brewers)
How Acquired: Waiver claim (from Orioles)
College: University of Florida
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Milwaukee drafted Hanhold in the sixth round and initially tried to develop him as a starter. He was very hittable in that role and the Brewers moved him to the bullpen in 2018. With the move, his velocity jumped from around 90 mph to the mid-90s, and he’s reached triple digits. He also throws what Baseball America has called a plus-plus slider. There’s little evidence, however, that the pitch is especially effective, as he’s remained too hittable. He uses a change as a third pitch, but it doesn’t have a lot of separation from his fastball. Hanhold has pitched well in AA, but has consistently struggled in several stints in AAA. He’s had two brief stints in the majors, neither of which went well. The Pirates claimed Hanhold off waivers from Baltimore.
Hanhold made one brief appearance in rookie ball, then Milwaukee moved him up to Low A. He pitched mostly as a starter there and got hammered, with opponents batting .338 against him.
The Brewers sent Hanhold to High A, where he spent the season in the rotation. Despite being in the extreme pitchers environs of the Florida State League, he continued to get hit hard. Opponents hit 300/351/450 against him in a league that batted 250/321/356.
The Brewers sent Hanhold back to High A, this time in the Carolina League, where he mostly pitched in relief. He was a little more effective, with a higher K rate. After the minor league season was over, Hanhold was designated as the player to be named later in a trade that sent Neil Walker to Milwaukee from the Mets in August.
Hanhold mainly split his time between AA and AAA, pitching solely in relief. He missed time in July and August with an injury, which resulted in a rehab stint. He was much more effective in AA than he had been at any time before, but struggled badly in AAA. The Mets nevertheless called him up for September and he got into three games. His season ended a week early due to a strained oblique. After the season, BA rated Hanhold the Mets’ 18th best prospect.
The Mets sent Hanhold back to AAA and he struggled there. The team demoted him to AA in late June and he pitched much better. He also pitched a little better after returning to AAA a month later. After the season, the Mets designated Hanhold for assignment and Baltimore claimed him off waivers.
The Orioles outrighted Hanhold to AAA in January, then he didn’t pitch during the pandemic season.
Hanhold didn’t pitch until late May, when the Orioles sent him to AAA. He didn’t pitch well there, with his walk rate spiking upward. He also gave up a home run nearly every four innings. The Orioles called him up in mid-September and he got into ten games for them.
With Hanhold, the Pirates’ front office began their off-season by continuing their pattern of acquiring late-20s relievers with no track record of success in the majors, or sometimes even in AAA. Baltimore has had more pitching woes than any other team in baseball in recent years, so the fact that they saw no need to retain Hanhold bodes especially badly. It’s fairly likely that the Pirates will try to outright Hanhold to AAA, but he doesn’t even look like a reasonable depth option. It was not an auspicious way to start the off-season after a 101-loss season, especially with a fan base that’s grown tired of the Pirates’ failure to make any meaningful effort to improve in one winter after another.
|2022: Major League Minimum|
|Signing Bonus: $250,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: 9/4/2018
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2028
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 8/4/2019
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2019)
MLB Service Time: 0.066
|June 6, 2012: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 40th round, 1238th overall pick.
June 9, 2015: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 6th round, 181st overall pick, signed on July 1.
August 12, 2017: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the New York Mets for Neil Walker and cash.
September 1, 2018: Contract purchased by the New York Mets.
September 14, 2019: Designated for assignment by the New York Mets.
September 14, 2019: Claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the New York Mets.
January 7, 2020: Designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles.
January 13, 2020: Outrighted to AAA by the Baltimore Orioles.
September 12, 2021: Called up by the Baltimore Orioles.
November 3, 2021: Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Baltimore Orioles.