Eric Hacker named PCL’s top righty
|Hacker was 16-7 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.475 WHIP in 28 starts.|
Fresno Grizzlies right-handed pitcher Eric Hacker — the only Giants’ Triple-A player named to the 2010 All-PCL team — was recognized by Pacific Coast League managers and media as the top right-handed starter in the entire 16-team league for the 2010 season.
Hacker, 27, has been the anchor of Fresno’s rotation all season, making a league-high 28 starts. The Duncanville, Texas native has also won a league-best 16 games, three more than his closest competitors. With the 16 victories, he broke the Grizzlies’ previous franchise win record of 14, set by Bronswell Patrick back in 1999. Hacker opened the year on a five-game winning streak and had a career-best eight-game streak from July 4-August 20. His 123 strikeouts are also tops on the Grizzlies staff, and the fourth-highest total in the league.
Hacker started the year off very strong, going 7-1 with a 2.67 ERA over his first eight starts. He was mediocre the rest of the way, going 9-6 with a 5.01 ERA over his last 20 starts.
Signed as a minor league free agent in the offseason, Hacker also broke a pair of offensive franchise records this year. In the fifth inning of his August 15 victory over Iowa, Hacker singled home a run to give him the Grizzlies’ single-season marks in both hits (12) and RBI (7) for a pitcher.
Hacker has bounced around the minors for eight seasons. He was drafted in 2002 (23rd round, 696th overall) by the Yankees as 19-year old and also played for the Pirates, where he made his major league debut in 2009.