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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Sign Former Cardinals Farmhand, Left-Handed Pitcher Chandler Hawkins

ST. PAUL, MN July 21, 2017

The St. Paul Saints added a quality left-handed reliever to their bullpen.  Chandler Hawkins, who was pitching at Double-A this season, signed with the Saints on Friday.

 

          The 24-year-old Hawkins began this season at the St. Louis Cardinals Double-A affiliate in Springfield and was 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in nine relief appearances.  In 20.2 innings pitched he walked 13 and struck out 13 while opponents hit .211 against him.  On June 9 he was assigned to High-A Palm Beach and was 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in nine relief appearances.  In 14.0 innings pitched he walked four and struck out 13 while opponents hit .288 against him.  Hawkins did not allow a run in eight of his nine appearances, including his first five outings (6.2 IP).

 

          Hawkins was a 33rd round pick by the Cardinals in 2015 out of Arkansas State University.  He started his career at the Rookie Level in Johnson City and was 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA in 16 relief appearances.  In 29.1 innings pitched he walked 11 and struck out 32 while opponents hit a miniscule .206 against him.  He began his career by not allowing a run in his first four outings (7.0 IP) and finished his time in Johnson City by not allowing a run over his final five appearances (9.1 IP).  He struck out at least one batter in 14 of 16 appearances.  He was promoted to High-A Jupiter on September 3 and pitched in one game allowing one run in 2.1 innings of relief.

 

          In 2016 Chandler split time between Single-A Peoria, Jupiter and Springfield.  He was once again solid to start the season and in eight games at Peoria went 0-0 with a 2.38 ERA.  In 11.1 innings pitched he walked three and struck out 14 while opponents hit .238 against him.  Hawkins did not allow a run over his final four relief appearances (5.0 IP) and struck out at least one in every appearance and multiple hitters in five of nine appearances.  On May 9 Hawkins was promoted to Palm Beach where he was 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 20 appearances.  In 26.2 innings pitched he walked nine and struck out 15 while opponents hit .248 against him.  Hawkins had the longest scoreless streak of his career spanning seven appearances (11.2 IP) from June 13-July 8.  He was promoted to Springfield on July 20 and went 0-0 with a 4.13 ERA in 14 appearances.  In 24.0 innings pitched he walked 10 and struck out 17 while opponents hit just .226 against him.  Hawkins didn’t allow an earned run in five straight relief appearances (8.2 IP) from July 25-August 5.

 

          In his career Hawkins is 7-3 with a 3.30 ERA over 84 appearances.  In 128.1 innings pitched he has only allowed 11 home runs, struck out 107 and opponents are hitting just .233 against him.

 

          The Saints also released right-handed pitcher Robert Coe.  He was 0-1 with an 11.74 ERA in four appearances (two starts).

 

          The Saints roster stands at 22, one shy of the league maximum of 23, 10 pitchers and 12 position players.