25-year-old Jesse Hahn has been an absolute beast for the Padres’ starting rotation. He made his Major League debut against Pittsburgh on June 3rd, and has gone 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Hahn is here to stay, and the skipper is pleased with the young rookie’s performance.
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According to a Yahoo.com article, Bud Black said, “He’s not a secret anymore even though he’s facing teams for the first time. He’s been impressive. He’s surpassed our early expectations, and it’s legit, really good work. He’s got that traditional 12-to-6, 1-to-7 curveball. Great spin, huge break, and he can throw it for strikes when he’s behind in the count.”
Hahn’s curveball has been magic, and some clever fan created a Twitter account called @HahnCurveball (Fox Sports San Diego host/sideline reporter Kris Budden also spoke about the account on last night’s telecast).
With the offense beginning to heat up, both Gyorko and Venable had big games last night, Hahn has the potential to rack up several more wins.
However, the Padres may opt to shut him down. At 12.5 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West, and 9.5 games back in the Wild Card standings, it may be worth it to let Hahn rest for the month of September. In the meantime, he will give the Padres a chance to win every fifth day.