Zach Hartman, Right-Handed Pitcher
HT : 5'11
WT : 190
DOB : January 1, 1992 (23), in Modesto, California
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : University of Nevada - Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
Acquired : Signed as Undrafted Free Agent on June 17, 2015
Last Year's Ranking : Not in system
Zach Hartman's baseball career has hit many high's and low's, but the ultimate high may have come this last summer, when he signed with the Angels and proved that he was better than the competition in every outing. Hartman almost put the cleats on the wall, but instead, is starting to show his importance and level of competition as a professional baseball player.
Hartman was a three-letter winner at Arbor View High School, playing shortstop and pitching. With Hartman, the Aggies won 66 games, and a Sunset Conference Northwest Division Championship in 2008, his sophomore year. As a senior, Hartman hit .454 with two home runs, while holding a 5-3 record and 2.69 ERA, helping earn him First-Team All-Northwest League, First-Team All-Sunset Region and Second-Team All-Southern Nevada honors. Hartman ended his high school career with five-straight complete games, and holds the Arbor View single-season record for fewest runs allowed (11), hits (21) and fewest earned runs allowed (6), while as a junior.
Freshman year may was easily Hartman's best year at UNLV, while posting a 2.35 ERA. What may be the most impressive feat is that Hartman allowed four runs in his first collegiate outing, and then went on an eight game scoreless streak, with the following 13 games seeing only six runs come across the plate. Hartman recorded eight saves his freshman year, which is tied for second-most in UNLV single-season history. Hartman struck out 29 in 38.1 innings pitched, while walking just six (1.41 BB/9).
Hartman slumped slightly in his sophomore season at UNLV, posting a 5.50 ERA, while allowing more hits, walks and runs per nine than his rookie collegiate season. However, Hartman saw a boost in his strike out rates, sitting 43 batters down in 37.2 innings (10.27 K/9) while keeping his walk rates low at 3.58 BB/9. Hartman collected seven saves his sophomore year, helping him be named to the All-Mountain West First-Team as a closer.
Hartman pitched just three games from the beginning of the 2013 season to the beginning of the 2015 season. Between Tommy John surgery and a pinched nerve in his throwing shoulder, Hartman hit a big rut in his promising career. Hartman tossed 2.2 innings in those three games, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk.
After being granted a medical redshirt in 2014, Hartman returned to UNLV for his final year. He made the very best of what he could, and posted a 2.94 ERA, while winning five games as a reliever. Hartman also broke the UNLV school record for saves, collecting three and finishing with 19 over his college career.
Hartman hit professional baseball with authority upon signing. He began at the AZL affiliate, allowing one run (unearned) in nine games, while only allowing eight base runners. He struck out 14 of the 36 batters he faced. He was promoted to Rookie Orem, where he pitched near as fine, posting a 2.61 ERA, helped by walking just two in 20.2 innings.
Hartman will be 24-years-old by the beginning of next season, which means time is playing against him. He has yet to see Single-A baseball, but the system may need to be aggressive to see the full value in him moving forward. That should mean he lands in either Low-A Burlington, or more likely, High-A Inland Empire to start 2016.
Hartman has closing abilities, which can't necessarily be coached immediately in the Minor Leagues. He has a leg up on his teammates. Health and how he handles being moved aggressively through the system will lead to his final outcome and projection towards becoming a potential Major Leaguer.
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