He has worked in 30 games with a 3.66 ERA, including 3.12 in September. His WHIP of 1.327 is solid. If you don’t know what WHIP is, it’s Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched. And, trust me, 1.327 isn’t bad at all, especially for a rookie looking to remain in the big leagues.
His won-loss record is 0-5, but considering Milwaukee has the third-worst record in the National League, Hand’s personal mark isn’t exactly a good indicator of what he has done.
Maybe the best part of Hand’s first major league season is the excitement he has created at his former school. It isn’t uncommon to hear somebody say, “Hey, did you see how ‘Devo’ pitched the other night?”
Plenty of JSU folks appreciate Hand, and that’s enough to hope he continues pitching well enough to stay in the majors a good, long time.
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