3 Keys To Fresno's 2012 Turnaround

In 2011, the Fresno Grizzlies were among the worst hitting teams in the PCL. Coupled with a pitching staff that was merely average, the team went 65-79, tied for the third-worst record in the league. It's amazing home much difference one year can make.
May 29, 2012

Hacker Thrilled To Be In Big Leagues

The Pirates recently recalled right-hander Eric Hacker from Class AAA Indianapolis.Hacker who has never played in the major leagues was acquired in a trade from the New York Yankees on May 16 for minor-league reliever Romulo Sanchez. The 26-year-old was 5-5 with a 4.02 ERA in 21 starts for Indianapolis. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Hacker after the recall.
September 12, 2009

Tool Time: Top Ten Sliders

Even considering the Yankees focus mostly on having their pitchers develop the curveball in lieu of a slider, they still have some pretty special sliders in the organization. Here are the top ten sliders among pitching prospects in the Yankees' farm system.
March 4, 2009

Scouting Yankees Prospect #28: Eric Hacker

The Yankees selected Eric Hacker in the 23rd round of the 2002 draft out of Duncanville High School in Texas. He missed all of the 2004 season with Tommy John surgery and then missed another year in 2006 with shoulder surgery. When he's been healthy he has proven his ability to get batters out and his stuff improved immensely when he finally put together his second straight healthy year in 2008.
December 23, 2008

Top 50 Yankees Prospects

Here are the Top 50 Yankees' prospects. PinstripesPlus.com gives a little insight on each selection in our rankings but will follow up more in-depth with individual scouting reports on each player throughout this offseason, starting in descending order.
November 11, 2008

Q&A with Nardi Contreras - Part V

Nardi Contreras, the Yankees Minor League Pitching Coordinator, sits down with PinstripesPlus.com for a long Q&A session. In our fifth and final section of our multi-part series, Nardi gives his opinion of Eric Hacker's progress, which Yankees prospect he compares Mikey O'Brien to, if there's something to Brad Rulon's breakout year in Staten Island, and much more.
October 30, 2008

Decision Time For Hacker And The Yankees

Eric Hacker picked a great time to have a career year. The minor league free agent this offseason went a combined 9-6 with a 2.43 ERA between stops at high-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton and finally showed the complete game the Yankees had been waiting on since they drafted him back in 2002, and now both sides need to figure out if their working relationship will continue next season and beyond.
October 2, 2008

Hacker Working On The Change

Eric Hacker has put together a superb season and a renewed dedication to mastering the changeup has him poised to finish out the year strong and continue with his development.
August 14, 2008