Baseball Alum David Hatt Signs American Association Contract with Winnipeg Goldeyes
Monday, December 9, 2013 - Winnipeg, Man.
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David Hatt throws a pitch in the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament Championship game against Franklin Pierce. He will now pitch for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association in 2014. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Recent Wilmington University baseball alum David Hatt has signed a contract for the 2014 season with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association of Professional Baseball to play for head coach Rick Forney.
Hatt is coming off an unprecedented season for the Wildcats, being named the CACC Pitcher of the Year and becoming the first National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region Pitcher of the Year in program history. He helped lead the team to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament Championship game, one step away from reaching the NCAA Division II World Series.
As a senior, Hatt went 7-1 with a 2.08 earned run average in 16 starts and 91 innings pitched. He also posted a complete game shutout on April 6 against Felician, a 1-0 win for the Wildcats. He struck out a season high nine batters in the victory.
Hatt (Toronto, Canada) suited up for Team Canada at the World Baseball Challenge this past summer and helped the Medicine Hat Mavericks reach the championship series of the Western Major Baseball League, which is a summer collegiate league in western Canada. He went 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in five regular season games, including four starts, with the Mavericks and 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three playoff starts.
In two seasons for the Wildcats, Hatt posted a 12-3 record in 31 appearances (26 starts), pitching 167.2 innings. He struck out 101 batters while only allowing 34 walks. He also only allowed 36 earned runs in his time, posting a remarkable 1.93 career earned up average. Batters only hit .215 against the righty in two seasons.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes are paired with Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in the North Division where another former Wilmington baseball alum Joe Harris pitches out of the bullpen. The St. Paul Saints and Sioux Falls Canaries are also a part of the North Division.
After a long standing tradition of the American Association league which first started in 1902 as an independent minor league for the larger cities in the Midwestern area of the United States. The league came to its demise in 1997 for the second time after minor league baseball realigned and teams were absorbed by the other two AAA leagues.
The league reformed in the fall of 2005 as teams from the Northern League and the Central League proposed coming together to form a “super” independent league and started its first season in the spring of 2006. The Winnipeg Goldeyes were a part of four expansion teams in 2011 and 2012 saw another team join as the league also introduced interleague play with the Can-Am League.