Brad Hand RP SD 2 weeks ago
Hand struck out two over a scoreless inning on the way to his eighth hold of the season Friday.
Despite posting far better results, it appears Hand has fully moved back into his usual setup role in San Diego with Brandon Maurer converting the team's last five saves. While his run as the team's closer was short lived, he is the clear favorite to assume the role should Maurer and his 6.48 ERA falter again.
Brad Hand RP SD 4 weeks ago
Hand struck out a pair of batters over 1.2 perfect innings en route to his sixth hold of the season Monday.
After it appeared that the veteran lefty had taken over as San Diego's closer, manager Andy Green decided to roll with Brandon Maurer in the ninth for the second consecutive game. Hand has been the better reliever this season (1.82 ERA to Maurer's 6.00 ERA), but the Padres' skipper wasn't kidding when he said he would play matchups going forward. The 27-year-old still holds value due to his ability to rack up strikeouts (11.5 K/9) and convert the occasional save, but this is a closer situation that has clearly not settled quite yet.
Brad Hand RP SD 1 month ago
Hand picked up his second save of the season despite allowing a run in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Mets.
After converting his first save Wednesday, manager Andy Green expressed that Hand wasn't taking over for Brandon Maurer as the team's closer. Despite the skipper's reluctance to make an official change, the dominant southpaw appears to be the pitcher to own for saves in San Diego until the results prove otherwise. The 27-year-old owns a 2.00 ERA and 11.7 K/9 over 27 innings this season.
Brad Hand RP SD 1 month ago
Manager Andy Green said Hand, who earned his first save of the season Wednesday night, is not the Padres' new closer, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
While Green decided to give regular closer Brandon Maurer the eighth and Hand the ninth, he confirmed that won't necessarily be the norm going forward. However, the skipper did say he'll look to give both Hand and Maurer opportunities on a situation by situation basis. Hand currently owns a 1.80 ERA and 0.92 ERA with 33 strikeouts through 25 innings (21 games) this season, so if Maurer doesn't bring down his 6.88 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, Hand could take over the ninth inning.
Brad Hand RP SD 1 month ago
Hand threw a perfect inning en route to his fourth hold of the season in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.
The Padres blew a late lead Thursday, but it was no fault of the dominant lefty who retired two of the three batters he faced via the strikeout. Hand's 1.37 ERA is being held together by an unusually-high 93.3 percent strand rate, resulting in a 3.35 FIP. Even if he were to regress a bit, the 27-year-old would remain a reliable option in holds leagues while he continues to breakout as a reliever.
Brad Hand RP SD 2 months ago
Hand picked up his second hold of the season in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks. He tossed 1.1 perfect innings while striking out four.
The veteran southpaw technically recorded five outs Thursday, but Austin Hedges dropped a third strike in the seventh inning and allowed A.J. Pollock to reach base despite striking out. Hand has picked up right where he left off last season when he developed into a dominant bullpen arm. With nine strikeouts and just one hit allowed through seven innings, Hand is a premier middle relief option in holds leagues and should be rostered if he wasn't already.
Brad Hand RP SD 3 months ago
Hand tossed a clean inning in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers.
The veteran lefty needed just 11 pitches to set down the top of the Dodgers' order in the ninth inning, sealing the win for San Diego. It wasn't a save situation, but Hand should see a handful of hold opportunities after posting career-best numbers as a reliever last season (2.92 ERA, 111 strikeouts and 21 holds).
Brad Hand RP SD 4 months ago
Manager Andy Green said that Hand will make the Opening Day roster as a member of the Padres' bullpen.
Hand had his best season as a professional last season in San Diego (2.92 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 21 holds), something that many pitchers experience when becoming a Padre. It was more than just ballpark factor that contributed to his newfound success, as his strikeout rate (11.2) and FIP (3.12) experienced tremendous growth while the rest of his metrics remained relatively constant. The biggest change Hand made last season was relying on his curveball more than he has in year's past. He threw his bender 31.4 percent of the time last season compared to 15.1 percent the year prior. Hand will look to repeat his 2016 success and should be a decent source of holds in either a seventh or eighth inning role this year.
Brad Hand RP SD 5 months ago
Hand agreed to a one-year deal with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
The terms of the agreement were not made public. Hand officially transferred to a relief role last season and was quite successful, posting a 2.92 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 111:36 K:BB in 89.1 innings out of the bullpen. He should continue to pitch in high-leverage spots this season, but Brandon Maurer figures to open the year as the team's closer, so saves won't be readily available.
Brad Hand RP SD 1 year ago
Hand has allowed seven earned runs across 9.2 innings in the month of June, bringing his ERA up to 3.89 for the season.
Hand has continued to strike out plenty of batters this season, as he has an 11.4 K/9, but his struggles with control remain an issue. His walk rate is currently 13.5 percent, contributing to his opponent on-base percentage of .339. However, Hand's endurance has been valuable to the Padres, as he frequently throws two or more innings out of the bullpen.