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...Was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 32nd round in 2013 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.
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.