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12/21/1972 (44 y, 3 m, 9 d)
1991 June Amateur Draft - Round: 7, Pick: 3, Overall: 180, Team: Minnesota Twins
$2.5M / 1 Years (2014) + 1 Option Years
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Year in Review:
Hawkins continued to reestablish value in 2009, showing the form that made him a great set-up man for the Twins teams of the early parts of the decade. Despite a home-run rate that regressed towards the league average, Hawkins managed a second straight year with a FIP below 4.00 and a third straight year with an ERA below that same mark. Despite a slight drop in strikeout rate, Hawkins managed to stay productive due to shedding nearly one walk per nine innings this season. His curveball and fastball were especially effective in 2009, as both were more than one run better than average per 100 thrown.
The Year Ahead:
Hawkins will be moving to Milwaukee in 2010 and will be one of the Brewers’ major back-end bullpen pieces. He almost certainly won't see a repeat of his 2.13 ERA from 2009 – that was mostly on the heels of a ridiculous 90.9% strand rate. However, he should still be productive. He is a heavy ground-ball pitcher and could see a reduction in HR/9 with some regression in his HR/FB rate. He's not going to put up super high strikeouts, but his walk rate will be low enough that his ERA should stay in the 3.00 to 4.00 range. Hawkins will rack up some holds pitching in front of Trevor Hoffman if the Brewers can get him a lead in the eighth inning. (Jack Moore)
Hawkins provides another effective right-handed relief option for Mike Scioscia. Both Jordan Walden and Scott Downs will be in line for saves before Hawkins, however. (Jack Moore)
At 41 years of age, LaTroy Hawkins is coming off a very productive season in which he served as the closer for the Mets over roughly the final two months of the season. His efficacy in that stint earned him a two-year contract with the Rockies. He’s projected as the closer to open the season. His contract is modest, and therefore there’s not much to keep him in that role if he does not perform. In 2013, he posted strikeout and walk rates better than in previous years, and if those continue, there’s the potential for him to hold the job and be a serviceable closer, yielding clear value in all leagues. Somewhat troubling for his outlook in Colorado is his tendency to post above league-average fly ball rates. So, one has to worry whether he can sustain last season’s peripheral gains and succeed given his age and environment. Also, Rex Brothers is a fine young pitcher and ready to close. That said, closers are a finite group and Hawkins needs to be on radars in all leagues next season. (Derek Ambrosino)
The Quick Opinion:
Latroy Hawkins parlayed as successful over-40 season into an opportunity to be the favorite for to close for Colorado when the 2014 season opens. His peripherals from 2013 were a bit better than in previous years, and he serves up his share of fly balls. This is certainly a recipe for apprehension regarding his ability to successfully close for the Rockies all year.
Before we talk about Hawkins' 2015 season, let's be clear that what he has accomplished in his career very much makes LaTroy Hawkins the man. One thousand games pitched. One thousand. Think about that for a second. Since becoming a full-time reliever in 2000, Hawkins has failed to pitch at least 50 games in a season only twice. Only 15 pitchers have appeared in more games, and if he's healthy in 2015, he'll walk right into the top 10. In a time when pitchers routinely have Tommy John surgery before they graduate high school, that's unfathomable. If you're looking for a pitcher who racks up the strikeouts on the other hand, Hawkins is not the guy you're looking for. And given that the Rockies have ignored their porous starting rotation thus far this winter, he may not exactly rack up the saves in 2015 either. His 23 saves last season placed him 23rd in the game, so he may once again be lacking in the two categories you want most from a reliever. But Hawkins is not to be overlooked. The Rockies are generally very loyal to their closers, and such will likely be the case in Hawkins' final season. Part of the reason is because Hawkins is reliable. In his 15 seasons as a reliever, he has posted an above-average ERA- in 13 of them, and his 77 ERA- last year was good once again. You don't want Hawkins to be your first choice at closer, but when you get to the stage of your draft where people are snatching up high-strikeout set-up guys, do yourself a favor and grab Hawkins as that extra closer. He'll be a nice security blanket to have. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Hawkins shouldn't be one of your first choices at closer because he doesn't rack up the strikeouts, but he is a reliable option and snatching him up at the end of your draft should pay dividends.
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