Feb 21, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jesse Hahn (72) poses for a photo during photo day at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Jesse Hahn Named Tuesday Spot Starter for Padres

Long-time San Diego Padres’ starter Tim Stauffer will make his third start of the season Monday, helping plug the gaps in the wounded starting rotation. With another filler needed for Tuesday, the team will go to the opposite end of the experience spectrum for that starter.

Reports today indicate the Padres will call up right-handed Double-A prospect Jesse Hahn to fill the starting rotation spot.

Hahn, the former Tampa Bay Rays 6th round pick out of Virginia Tech, has spent all year at San Antonio, posting a 2-1 record in seven starts with a 2.20 era for the Missions across 32.2 innings. Hahn’s schedule works out for the big club as he last started on Thursday at home for the against Northwest Arkansas. In that game, he notched his second win and it was his longest outing of the season. The 24-year-old allowed just a single hit and struck out three over five scoreless innings, using 69 total pitches.

All indications out of spring training were Hahn very nearly made the team out of camp. So when manager Bud Black confirmed to MLB.com’s Corey Brock Sunday “The starter will come from within our organization,” Hahn’s name came up along with that of Odrisamer Despaigne.

Before coming into the Padres’ organization in a trade this past off-season, Hahn pitched two seasons in the Rays’ organization, reaching as high as Single-A Charlotte in the Florida State League.  Between FSL and rookie ball in 2013, he started 19 games and posted a 2.15 era over 67 innings pitched. Hahn had to work his way back from Tommy John surgery soon after being drafted, and as of his last start, has amassed a 2.34 ERA over 153.2 minor league innings.

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