The Cubs traded former Oklahoma State right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch and cash considerations to the Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitcher David Phelps on Tuesday prior to the MLB trade deadline. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet first reported the news.
Hatch, who turns 25 years old in September, was a third-round pick in 2016 by Chicago. The Jenks High School product from Tulsa was pitching at Double-A Tennessee, where he was 4-10 with a 4.59 ERA and 37 walks in 100 innings across 21 starts. His 93 strikeouts ranked 10th in the Southern League. He’s 17-27 with a 4.01 ERA and 336 strikeouts in 73 career pro starts.
The Blue Jays’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates play close to Toronto in Manchester, New Hampshire and Buffalo, New York, respectively.
Hatch was 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA and three shutouts in 130 1⁄3 innings to help the Cowboys reach the 2016 College World Series. He was also named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a Baseball America All-America third-team selection.
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