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What a year it has been for former Wizards pitcher, Dirk Hayhurst. Before the 2008 season, h was probably best known as the scribe of Baseball America’s “Non-Prospect Diary” before he earned his shot at the Major League roster with the San Diego Padres (even spot starting for Jake Peavy). The 27-year-old Hayhurst appeared in 10 games wiht the Friars. He went 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA.
Yesterday, the Canton Republic published Hayhurst’s first-hand account of getting the call.
The morning I left to join the San Diego Padres, I deflated my air mattress, folded the lawn chair and ironing board I used for a desk set, and threw out the few lonely groceries in my fridge. I put on a sports coat bought at Goodwill, shined the shoes loaned to me by a teammate, and shaved twice just for good measure. I locked my apartment, turned in the keys, and waved goodbye to my life as a career minor leaguer.
Today, he was placed on waivers by San Diego and quickly snatched up by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hayhurst — a 6-foot-3 native of Canton, Ohio — went 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 46 games, including a pair of starts, while striking out 98 over 84 innings for Portland. Hayhurst, who was an eighth-round selection by the Padres in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, has gone 32-33 with a 4.05 ERA in six Minor League seasons.
This debut marks theÂ seventh former Fort Wayne Wizards player to appear at the Major League level during 2008. Luke Carlin (catcher, Padres) , Jared Wells (Pitcher, Padres then traded to Mariners), Eddie Bonine (Pitcher, Tigers), Leo Rosales (Pitcher, Diamondbacks), Nick Hundley (Catcher, Padres) , Sean Kazmar (Shortstop, Padres) are the others.
But this debut is a bit unique. To suggest that many people know him for his writing prowess than his pitching stats is not an out of this world claim. The 27-year-old Hayhurst is the author of Baseball America’s Non-Prospect Diary. Reading it, you receive insight into the world of Minor League Baseball as well as his personality.
Some people are taken aback by his often less-than-friendly yet honest encounters. I tend to enjoy the real perspectives on things and gotta think it is exactly what BA had hoped for when they assigned him to the task.
But now it’s time for Dirk to stop tapping at the keyboard and pitch. This is his chance, and it may be the only one that the non-prospect receives. As noted at FriarForum,Â
The Padres are officially using the rest of this season as a glorified tryout for 2009 and beyond. Hayhurst will be pitching to convince the Padres that he is worthy of being on the 40 man roster this offseason, otherwise the Friars would have to make him available in the Rule V draft.
Padres GM seems to confirm the speculations when he explains why Hayhurst was chosen over several other likely candidates:
“We’re trying to reward a guy who came through our system and has turned himself into a suspect at least,” Towers said Friday. “For a while, Dirk was a guy who we thought only had organizational value. But he’s continued to impress. He has three Major League pitches, throws strikes.”
Hopefully Hayhurst does well and impresses with this chance. However, even if her were to pitch a no-hitter or perfect game, his stint in the rotation will likely be a short one given that Chris Young or Shawn Estes will return from the DL soon.
Whatever the outcome, I hope he chronicals it for us on his Non-Prospect Diary.
Update: Despite well-wishes from Paul DePodesta, Hayhurst will have to settle for a no-decision. He had a rough start to his MLB debut by walking Dave Roberts, who then stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a fielder’s choice by the time the Padres got their first out. That was followed by an Aaron Rowand double that plated another run. He pitched scoreless frames in the second and third before allowing a run in the fourth inning. Then, he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth. The line on Hayhurst’s debut: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA.
According to SignonSanDiego.com, Triple-A reliever Dirk Hayhurst will start Saturday against the San Francisco Giants. The 27-year-oldÂ has appeared in 216 minor league games since the Padres drafted him in the 8th round (221st overall) of the 2003 draft.
For the past two years, Hayhurst has written articles for Baseball Americain their Non-Prospect DiaryÂ feature. Ironically, his entry for April 4, 2007 â€“ Maddux gives minor leaguers pearls of wisdomÂ — holds extra meaning, because Hayhurst will take the recently traded Maddux’s rotation spot.
“This was a special treat for me. I have been watching this guy pitch since I was a young thrower. I am really not ashamed to say I idolize the guy.”
On the season, Hayhurst is 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA for the Portland Beavers. The right-hander, who made two starts, has 98 strikeouts and 28 walks in 84 innings.
With the Wizards in 2004, Hayhurst went 9-4 with a 2.66 ERA. He appeared in 26 games, which included 17 starts. Over 118.1 innings pitched, he struck out 106 and walked just 19 batters. Hayhurst will become the 69th former Wizards player to debut in Major League Baseball and the seventh this year.