Thomas Hatch...Attended Jenks High School (OK)...Was a 2012 and 2013 Under Armour All-American, and ranked as the top prospect in Oklahoma by ESPN...Selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 32nd round of the 2013 draft but did not sign...Played for Oklahoma State University and went 2-2 in his freshman season before missing all of 2015 with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm...Was named 2016 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year after he went 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA over 19 starts, including four shutouts, as he led his team to the College World Series...Beat Shane Bieber (University of Santa Barbara) 1-0 with a complete-game shutout in 2016 CWS.
Played in just two games for the Blue Jays as he landed on the injured list twice, leading to a 0-1 record and a 6.75 ERA...Began the season on the IL with a right elbow impingement...Was activated July 6 and optioned to Triple-A Buffalo...Made 14 starts and one relief appearance for the Bisons, going 2-6 with a 4.04 ERA...Made his season debut with a start July 26 at BOS, giving up three runs and seven hits over 3.2 innings (HR, BB, 4K)...Got his 2nd start in Game 2 on Sept. 11, at BAL when he came up as the 29th man (4.0 IP, 3H, ER, 2BB, 3K)...Landed back on the IL on Sept. 24 for the rest of the season due to right hamstring tendonitis.
Named Toronto’s Rookie of the Year by Baseball America...His 12.1 scoreless innings streak from Aug. 15-Sept. 13 was the longest by a Blue Jay this season...Held opponents to a .183 AVG (13-for-71) on pitches in the strike zone, 7th best among all qualified relievers...Made his MLB debut with his only start on July 26 at TB...Tossed 2.1 hitless innings while recording two walks and three strikeouts...Fanned Brandon Lowe in the 1st inning for his 1st career strikeout...Became the 48th player in team history to make his MLB debut as a starting pitcher....Threw a scoreless 9th (1H, 2K) to earn his 1st career win on Aug. 21 at TB...Picked up his 2nd win in his next game, on Aug. 24 at TB (2.0 IP, 2BB, 2K)...Did not allow a home run in his last 14 regular-season outings (19.1 IP)...Made his postseason debut with a 1-2-3 8th inning in Game 1 of the ALWC on Sept. 29 at TB...Was his 26th birthday, making him the 2nd player in team history to pitch in the playoffs on his birthday (Al Leiter - 28 in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series)...Also pitched in Game 2 and retired all three batters faced (1K)...Was the only Blue Jay to pitch in both games of the ALWC.
Split the season between Double-A Tennessee and Double-A New Hampshire...Tied Ricardo Sanchez (SEA) for the most starts among all Double-A pitchers at 27...Ranked T-14th among all of Double-A with 127 strikeouts and finished 14th in innings pitched (135.1)...Posted a 4.59 ERA and went 4-10 across 21 starts for the Smokies...Was traded from the Cubs to the Blue Jays on July 30 in exchange for RHP David Phelps and cash considerations...Registered a 2.80 ERA (1 ER/35.1 IP) while recording 34 strikeouts and just two walks over 35.1 innings pitched for the Fisher Cats...Ended the year with a season-high 11 strikeouts and no walks on Aug. 29 vs. Trenton (7.0 IP, 3H, 2ER)...After the season, was added to Toronto's 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Spent season with Double-A Tennessee and posted a 3.82 ERA while going 8-6 over 26 starts, including two completegame efforts...Was named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star.
In his first pro season, made 26 starts for Single-A Myrtle Beach ... named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June, going 3-2 with a 0.98 ERA (3 ER/27.2 IP) in five starts... All told, went 5-11 with a 4.04 ERA (56 ER/124.2 IP) in his 26 outings ... allowed just two homers in 477 opponent at-bats, walked 50 and struck out 126 hitters... Walked three or fewer in 24 of his 26 starts including each of his last 18 outings from May 22 through season's end... Pitched to a 1.26 ERA (6 ER/43.0 IP) in eight starts from May 22-July 3 ... held opponents to a .230 average and a .290 on-base percentage... Struck out a season-high 13 batters in 5.1 innings, May 28 at Carolina.