Nippon-Ham Fighters Re-Signal Drew VerHagen
The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have re-signed right-hander Drew VerHagen to a brand new contract, the staff introduced earlier this week. The 30-year-old will return to Japan for a second season after a profitable 2020 marketing campaign.
A veteran of six MLB seasons, VerHagen posted a 5.11 ERA, 2.08 Ok/BB price, 53.9% grounder price, and seven.1 Ok/9 over 199 innings with the Tigers from 2014-19. As you would possibly anticipate for a groundball specialist, VerHagen’s efficiency tended to ebb and move primarily based on his BABIP, along with his three highest single-season ERAs (in 2016, 2017, and 2019) coinciding along with his three largest BABIP totals.
Along with his Main League profession not making a lot progress, VerHagen signed with the Fighters final winter, saying that he was “excited” by the prospect to work as a beginning pitcher. (He began solely eight of his 127 video games with Detroit.) VerHagen took benefit of his new alternative in 2020, posting a 3.22 ERA, 3.97 Ok/BB price, and 9.Three Ok/9 over 111 2/Three innings for the Fighters.