DEREK HANKINS
RP, Altoona Curve
Age: 27
Born: July 1, 1983
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 192
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 10th Round, 292nd Overall, 2004
How Acquired: Draft
College: Memphis University
Agent: N/A
ETA: 2012+
SCOUTING REPORT
Hankins has been a starter his entire minor league career with the Pirates, although he hasn’t really put up encouraging numbers, and doesn’t find himself amongst the Pirates’ starting pitching options, even as a sleeper.  Despite good walk ratios and decent strikeout ratios, Hankins has struggled with his ERA, mostly due to allowing too many hits.  Now that the Pirates have bolstered their starting depth, Hankins will be moved to a relief role.

He saw the move in 2009, and succeeded in the move.  Hankins posted a 2.37 FIP in 2009 as a reliever at the AA level.  He improved his K/9 ratio from 7.6 as a starter to 8.9 as a reliever, and saw his BB/9 ratio drop from 3.5 to 2.6.  He also didn’t allow a home run in 27.1 innings, after allowing a 1.17 HR/9 ratio as a starter.  Hankins wouldn’t be the first failed started to have success as a reliever.  He’s not on the radar as a starting option, but could be a sleeper bullpen option in the future.

STATS

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2010: Minor League Contract

Other Details:
  • N/A
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $65,000
MiLB Debut: 2004
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2010
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3 (As of start of 2010 season)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
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TRANSACTIONS
June 8, 2004: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round, 292nd overall pick.
June 16, 2004: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates to a minor league contract with a $65,000 bonus.