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Brad Hand | Relief Pitcher | #52

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 228
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (0) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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After entering with the Padres down 5-3 in the seventh, Brad Hand allowed two runs in an inning of relief Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Since picking up saves on back-to-back days May 24-25, Hand has resumed his setup role, with Brandon Maurer being held back for the few save chances the Padres generate. Since Maurer has been pitching well, it seems safe to drop Hand in shallow mixed leagues now. Jun 8 - 1:56 AM

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Nationals are among the teams who have interest in reliever Brad Hand.

This comes days after Lin reported that Hand is "drawing keen interest" around the league. It's no surprise that the Nationals are one of the teams in the mix, as they have an obvious need in their bullpen. They could end up acquiring multiple relievers by July 31. Hand, 27, has compiled a dominant 1.93 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio over 28 innings this season. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
May 29 - 9:44 AM

Brad Hand allowed a run but secured his second save of the season Thursday against the Mets.

The same day Padres manager Andy Green was noncommittal about Hand's role, he pitched the ninth for a second straight game. Hand has been stellar this year, posting a 2.00 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 35/11 K/BB ratio over 27 innings. San Diego Union-Tribune writer Dennis Lin has said Hand is drawing trade interest, but while he's on the Padres, he's the reliever to own, it seems.
May 25 - 10:42 PM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Brad Hand is "drawing keen interest" around the league.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports filed a similar report last week. Per Lin, the rebuilding Padres are "likely to consider just about anything" in trade talks, just as they did a year ago when they dealt Matt Kemp, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Rodney and James Shields. Hand would make a ton of sense for the Nationals, who are in desperate need of bullpen help. We're guessing Hand will be wearing a new uniform by July 31.
May 25 - 9:23 PM

Padres manager Andy Green wouldn't commit to using Brad Hand in the ninth inning.

"There's a lot of different ways to utilize him," said Green. "It would be unwise to limit our team to a declaration that I'm going to obligate myself to using this guy in the ninth inning. It just doesn't make sense to me." Hand has been far and away the best reliever in San Diego's bullpen this year but it sounds like Green would prefer to use him in an Andrew Miller-type role, putting out fires wherever they may be. Despite Brandon Maurer's struggles (6.50 ERA over 19 outings), a closer change does not appear imminent.
May 25 - 6:33 PM

Brad Hand escaped a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mets on Wednesday.

After closer Brandon Maurer pitched a clean eighth inning, Hand was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the ninth. He promptly surrendered a single, a walk and another single to load the bases with nobody out. He was able to punch out the next two batters before getting Juan Lagares to fly out to end the game and notch his first save of the season. It is possible this game indicates the Padres have promoted Hand into the closer role to replace Maurer. Today's results were a mixed bag for Hand. He was able to close out the game without allowing a run but pushed everything to the breaking point in the process. Hand has a 1.73 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 26 innings compared to Maurer's 6.50 ERA. Much of that disparity is explained by Maurer's .400 BABIP compared to Hand's .222 BABIP.
May 25 - 12:50 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "a few teams have already started to call" the Padres about Brad Hand.

Hand has been dynamite since making a full-time move to the bullpen, putting up a 2.65 ERA with 129 strikeouts over 105 1/3 innings since the beginning of last season with the Padres. He's under team control through 2019 but would seem to have a pretty decent chance to be traded by midseason.
May 5 - 11:40 AM

Padres and LHP Brad Hand avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.375 million contract.

A waiver claim last April, Hand put up a 2.92 ERA and 111/36 K/BB ratio over 89 1/3 innings in 2016, leading all of baseball with 82 appearances. He'll help set up in 2017.
Jan 13 - 4:04 PM

Padres claimed LHP Brad Hand off waivers from the Marlins.

Hand had been designated for assignment. He hasn't officially been added to the roster yet but should allow the club to return Robbie Erlin to Triple-A El Paso.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Marlins designated LHP Brad Hand for assignment.

The club decided to carry Chris Narveson in the bullpen instead. Hand had a bad spring, but there's a chance some team picks him up on waivers.
Sun, Apr 3, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Brad Hand gave up four runs in his inning of relief against the Twins on Thursday.

Hand has allowed runs in just two of his six appearances this spring, but unfortunately, he's given up 10 runs in those outings, leaving him with a 10.38 ERA. There's no room for him in the Marlins rotation, so he's trying to make the team as a reliever once again. He's out of options, but the bad spring would help his chances of clearing waivers.
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 04:35:00 PM

Brad Hand will start for the Marlins on Saturday against the Nationals.

Justin Nicolino had been scheduled to pitch on Saturday, but will instead toe the slab for Sunday's series finale. Hand owns a 5.32 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 59/24 K/BB ratio and makes for an unappealing streaming option in all formats.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 01:22:00 PM

Brad Hand lost to the Nationals on Sunday, giving up three runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Hand walked in a run in the third inning, then allowed three of the first four batters he faced to reach base in the fourth, leading to two more runs. Overall, he allowed five hits, walked four, and struck out one in a subpar outing. The lefty now has an ugly 5.32 ERA with a 1.45 WHIP and a 59/24 K/BB ratio over 86 1/3 innings. Hand will get the Nationals again over the weekend, but he won't have home field advantage.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 04:17:00 PM

Brad Hand was destroyed by the Mets in Saturday's 7-0 loss, allowing seven runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings

Three of the six hits that Hand surrendered left the park, as Travis d'Arnaud cracked a three-run bomb in the first, which Wilmer Flores immediately followed up with a solo shot. Juan Lagares would add a two-run homer in the second before Hand was mercifully relieved of duty. The horrific showing bumped the 25-year-old southpaw's ERA from 4.54 to 5.20. He's set to face the Nationals at home in his next scheduled start.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 09:52:00 PM

Brad Hand couldn't hold a 3-0 lead in Sunday's loss to the Nationals, surrendering five runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Hand struck out five and walked two on the afternoon. The ghost of Jayson Werth accounted for three of the five runs on his line, as the outfielder took him deep for a two-run homer in the third and notched an RBI double in the fifth. The 25-year-old southpaw will carry a 4.54 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into a home showdown with the Mets next time he toes the rubber.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 04:48:00 PM

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3Luis Torrens
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Carlos Asuaje
SS1Erick Aybar
2Allen Cordoba
3Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Cory Spangenberg
LF1Jose Pirela
2Travis Jankowski
3Matt Szczur
4Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
2Franchy Cordero
RF1Hunter Renfroe
Starting Pitcher
S1Trevor Cahill
2Jhoulys Chacin
3Miguel Diaz
4Luis Perdomo
5Clayton Richard
6Dinelson Lamet
7Jered Weaver
8Colin Rea
9Robbie Erlin
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Maurer
2Brad Hand
3Ryan Buchter
4Craig Stammen
5Jarred Cosart
6Jose Torres
7Kirby Yates
8Jose Valdez
9Buddy Baumann
10Phil Maton