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Cole Hamels
Birthdate: 12/27/1983 (33 y, 3 m, 1 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-4/190     Position: P
Drafted: 2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 17, Overall: 17, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Contract: $20.5M / 3 Years (2009 - 2011)
Extension: $144M / 6 Years (2013 - 2018) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Hamels is expected to start Monday if the Rangers are able to force Game 4 of the ALDS, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. (10/9/2016)
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Profile: Hamels has been the model of consistency since his 2006 debut. At a position where durability is rare, Hamels has averaged over 205 innings per season over his 11-year career. The real kicker? He was considered injury prone as a prospect - and only in part because he broke his pitching hand in a bar fight. A chronic back injury threatened to derail his future. Now his lucrative contract includes a private masseuse. Hamels thrives on two pitches, a well-located fastball and an unidentifiable changeup. He's toyed with a cutter and curve throughout his career, but it always comes back to those same two pitches. Hitters try to sit on one or the other, but it rarely works. Every once and a while, he'll toss a clunker. Although he doesn't dominate the way a typical ace might, Hamels has all the skills of a frontline pitcher. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: If you were playing baseball video games back in the day, you probably picked up the still-excellent MVP 2005. Hamels was one of the top 10 prospects in that game, under the name Ole Uttuslien. Apparently, Uttuslien is a real person who coded player models for the MVP franchise. How's that for useless trivia?

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