Blaine Patrick Hardy...Twitter: @blainehardy65 ...resides in Edmonds, WA during the offseason with his wife, Nicky, and their son, Griffin...during time his with the Detroit organization participated in the Autographed Memorabilia Donation program and Gloves for Kids; attended Keeping Kids in the Game, and the annual Ilitch Charities Celebrity Golf Classic...participated in the Tigers Winter Caravan and TigerFest... graduated from Edmonds Woodway High School (WA) in 2005...began his college career at the University of Portland (OR), appearing in 15 games for the Pilots...transferred to Bellevue (WA) Community College, and later to Lewis-Clark State College (ID) where he went 8-1 with a 2.48 ERA to help the Warriors win the 2008 NAIA National Championship.
Appeared 39 times from the bullpen, going 1-1, 4.47 ERA (44.1 IP, 22 ER) with 13 walks and 29 strikeouts...also had seven holds, the highest total he's had in a season since posting 13 in 2015...Between May 21 and July 7, posted a 1.80 ERA (25.0 IP. 4 ER) with 10 strikeouts and 11 hits allowed... among major league relievers with at least 20.0 innings pitched during that span, he ranked third with a 0.80 WHIP, fourth with a .167 (11-for-66) opponent batting average and tied for fifth in ERA...Named the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for June, posting a 2.25 ERA (12.0 IP, 3 ER) and eight strikeouts in 10 appearances...had a 0.83 WHIP and .195 (8-for-41) opponents batting average during the month...Finished season on 60-day Injured List with a left elbow injury...was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on October 24 and elected free agency.
Spent most of the 2018 season with the Tigers, appearing in 30 games, including 13 as a starter...also pitched in nine games, including four starts, with Triple A Toledo...Made the first 13 starts of his Major League career in 2018 and went 4-4 with a 4.26 ERA (67.2IP/32ER) and 47 strikeouts…had an 0-1 record with one save, a 0.98 ERA (18.1IP/2ER) and 19 strikeouts in 17 relief appearances...Named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April, appearing in seven games, including four starts, with Toledo and going 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA (24.1IP/2ER) and 30 strikeouts...Earned his first victory as a starter on May 27 vs. Chicago (AL), throwing a season-high 7.0 innings and allowing one run on six strikeouts...Recorded the first save of his Major League career on July 2 at Toronto, tossing a perfect 10th inning and striking out one...Sidelined from August 15-31 with left elbow tendinitis... Finished the season by not allowing a run in seven appearances in September, throwing 7.2 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.
Completed his fourth season with the Tigers in 2017, appearing in 35 games...Picked up his only win of the season on April 22 at Minnesota, giving up a run on three hits with one strikeout in 1.1 innings... Recorded nine consecutive scoreless appearances with Triple A Toledo from June 22-July 23, a stretch that spanned 9.0 innings...Appeared in 14 games with Triple A Toledo in August and had a 1-0 record with three saves, a 1.88 ERA (14.1IP/3ER) and 17 strikeouts.
Split the 2016 season between the Tigers and Triple A Toledo -- posted a 1-0 record with one save, a 1.72 ERA (31.1IP/6ER) and 19 strikeouts over 32 games with the Mud Hens, while he went 1-0 with a 3.51 ERA (25.2IP/10ER) and 20 strikeouts in 21 appearances with the Tigers...Placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 2, retroactive to March 25, with a left shoulder impingement... Began an injury rehab assignment with Single A Lakeland on April 9 -- appeared in four games, including two starts, during his injury rehab assignment with Triple A Toledo and Single A Lakeland, posting a 0-0 record with a 3.86 ERA (4.2IP/2ER) and nine strikeouts... Activated from the disabled list on April 18... Optioned to Triple A Toledo on May 12...Recalled from Triple A Toledo on June 3... Did not allow an earned run in nine-of-10 appearances from April 23-June 15 -- posted a 0.93 ERA (9.2IP/1ER) with five strikeouts during the stretch... Optioned to Triple A Toledo on June 18... Tossed a scoreless outing in 12 of his first 13 appearances with Toledo from April 14-June 24 -- compiled a 0.77 ERA (11.2IP/1ER) over the 13-game stretch...Pitched in 12 games with the Mud Hens in July and compiled a 1-0 record with one save, a 2.13 ERA (12.2IP/3ER) and seven strikeouts... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on August 5... Struck out a career-high five batters in 3.0 innings pitched on August 9 at Seattle... Optioned to Triple A Toledo on August 17...Recalled from Triple A Toledo on August 30... Tossed a career-high 3.1 scoreless innings on September 15 vs. Minnesota with one strikeout... Appeared in six games with the Tigers in September and posted a 1-0 record with a 0.96 ERA (9.1IP/1ER) and seven strikeouts -- opponents batted .188 (6x32) during the month... Lefthanded hitters posted a .200 (7x35) average, while righthanders batted .281 (18x64) against him...Pitched in 13 games at home and posted a 1-0 record with a 1.65 ERA (16.1IP/3ER) and 10 strikeouts, while he had a 6.75 ERA (9.1IP/7ER) with 10 strikeouts in eight games on the road... Posted a 5.84 ERA (12.1IP/8ER) with eight strikeouts in 13 games prior to the AllStar break, while he went 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA (13.1IP/2ER) and 12 strikeouts in eight games following the All-Star break.
Spent most of the 2015 season with the Tigers, appearing in 70 games -- posted a 5-3 record with a 3.08 ERA (61.1IP/21ER) and 55 strikeouts. Ranked tied for ninth in the American League with 70 appearances, while he was also tied for ninth among AL relievers with five wins. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo by the Tigers on April 9. Posted a 2-0 record with a 0.75 ERA (12.0IP/1ER) and 13 strikeouts in 14 relief appearances in the month of May... opponents batted .171 (7 for 41) during the month. Put together a stretch of 11 consecutive scoreless outings from April 26-May 20 -- gave up just five hits, two walks and struck out nine batters in 9.0 innings. Finished the month of July with a 0-1 record and a 2.08 ERA (13.0IP/3ER) in 14 appearances. Recorded a career-high four strikeouts over 2.0 innings on August 18 at Chicago Cubs. Allowed a home run on August 23 vs. Texas, snapping a streak of 84.2 homerless innings. Posted a 3-1 record with a 2.43 ERA (40.2IP/11ER) and 33 strikeouts in 39 outings prior to the All-Star break...went 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA (20.2IP/10ER) and 22 strikeouts in 31 games after the All-Star break. Compiled a 3-1 record with a 3.03 ERA (32.2IP/11ER) and 24 strikeouts at Comerica Park...went 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA (28.2IP/10ER) and 31 strikeouts on the road. Lefthanded hitters posted a .241 (27 for 112) average...righthanders batted .276 (34 for 123) against him.
Saw his first major league action with the Tigers in 2014, as he split the season between Detroit and Triple A Toledo...Assigned to Triple A Toledo to begin the season -- appeared in 20 games with the Mud Hens, compiling a 3-2 record and a 2.68 ERA (47.0IP/14er) and 53 strikeouts in 20 games before having his contract purchased by the Tigers on June 15...Made his major league debut on June 16 versus Kansas City -- tossed 2.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, allowing just one hit...became the 18th reliever in franchise history to toss 2.0-or-more innings without allowing a run in their major league debut...Did not allow a run in his first 5.0 innings pitched to begin his major league career...Fanned a career-high three batters on June 25 at Texas -- equaled the high on July 23 at Arizona...Earned his first major league win on June 30 versus Oakland...Compiled a 0.93 ERA (9.2IP/1er) and nine strikeouts during the month of July -- limited opponents to a .282 batting average during that stretch...Tossed a career-high 3.0 innings on August 10 at Toronto...Had his contract optioned to Toledo by the Tigers on August 11 -- recalled from Toledo by the Tigers on August 12...Posted a 1-0 record and a 2.40 erA (15.0IP/4er) and 10 strikeouts in 11 games during August...Finished the season ranked seventh among all American League rookie relievers with a 2.54 ERA (min 30.0 IP)...Limited lefthanded hitters to a .203 (13x64) average...righties batted .266 (21x79) with him on the mound...Compiled a 2-0 record, a 2.04 ERA (17.2IP/4er) and 13 strikeouts in 19 games at Comerica Park...posted a 0-1 record, a 2.95 erA (21.1IP/7er) and 18 strikeouts in 19 games on the road...Limited opponents to a .167 (8x48) batting average with runners in scoring position.
Split the 2013 season between Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo in his first season with the Tigers organization...Assigned to Erie to begin the season...Did not allow a run in his final eight appearances out of the bullpen with Erie from May 27-June 19 (15.0IP/0ER)...Had his contract transferred to Toledo on June 21...Named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending August 26 -- tossed a one-hit complete game shutout and threw 7.0 innings, allowing just three hits in two starts during the week...Named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August after posting a 2-1 record and a 1.67 ERA (37.2IP/7ER) and 28 strikeouts in six starts during the month...Compiled a 6-1 record and a 1.69 ERA (64.0IP/12ER) and 53 strikeouts in 14 games (nine starts) with the Mud Hens...Appeared in eight games (two starts) with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 2-0 record and a 3.38 ERA (16.0IP/6ER) and 16 strikeouts.
Split the 2012 season between Double A Northwest Arkansas and Triple A Omaha in the Kansas City Royals
organization...Assigned to Northwest Arkansas to begin the season...Compiled a 1-1 record and a 2.61 ERA (20.2IP/6ER), three saves and 13 strikeouts in 10 games with Northwest...Arkansas, before having his contract transferred to Omaha on May 9...Tossed a season-high 4.0 innings on June 10 versus Round Rock...Posted a 3-0 record and a 1.96 ERA (18.1IP/4ER) and 14 strikeouts in seven appearances during June...Played in nine games for Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League -- compiled a 0-1 record and a 6.00 ERA (6.0IP/4ER) and seven strikeouts.
Ranked ninth in the Texas League in saves in 2011 as he split the season between Double A Northwest Arkansas and Triple A Omaha...Assigned to Omaha to begin the season...Fanned a season-high four batters on April 20 versus Memphis...Compiled a 2-3 record and a 7.14 ERA (29.0IP/23ER) and 23 strikeouts in 23 appearances with Omaha before having his contract transferred to Northwest Arkansas on July 4...Did not allow a run in seven consecutive appearances (13.1IP) from August 2-22...Posted a 2-1 record and a 1.59 ERA (39.2IP/7ER), nine saves and 41 strikeouts in 19 appearances out of the bullpen for Northwest Arkansas.
Opened the season by dominating in the NW Arkansas (AA) bullpen...allowed just 2 earned runs and 11 hitsin 26.0 innings in 12 relief appearances before being promoted to Omaha (AAA) in late May...At Omaha, split his time between the bullpen and the starting rotation, posting a 1-2 record and 5.00 ERA in8 starts while compiling a 2-2 mark with 3 saves and a 1.74 ERA in 20 relief appearances.
Spent the entire 2009 season with Single A Burlington...Finished third in the Midwest League among relievers with 1.61 walks per nine innings while he was fourth with a .186 batting average against...Tossed a season-high 5.0 innings on April 10 versus Clinton -- equaled the high on May 10 at Great Lakes and May 15 at Kane County...Compiled a 3-3 record and a 1.49 ERA (78.1IP/13ER), nine saves and 80 strikeouts in 33 games out of the bullpen...posted a 1-1 record and a 5.14 ERA (14.0IP/8ER) and 14 strikeouts in three starts with Burlington.
Selected by the Royals in the 22nd round of the June 2008 draft and appeared in 21 games with Rookie League Idaho Falls...Tied for ninth in the Pioneer League with four saves.