We continue the list today with number 23 in our countdown with Virginia Tech RHP Jesse Hahn. He is from Groton Connecticut and was a teammate of UNC’s Matt Harvey at Fitch High School in Connecticut. As a senior, he went 5-1 with 65 strikeouts and allowing only six walks. He ended up tossing a no-hitter and three 1-hitters on the year. He also set a state record (minimum of 35 innings) with a 0.17 ERA. He picked up several awards including Pitcher of the Year, all-state, all-area and All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors. As a junior, he had a 3-1 record with a 0.48 ERA while allowing six walks again.
Hahn has struggled during his first two seasons with the Virginia Tech Hokies. As a freshman, he went 3-7 with a 4.64 ERA in 14 appearances including nine starts. He struggled with his control with a 25 walks in 64.0 innings. He also tossed nine wild pitches and hit nine batters on the year. He did not play summer ball during the 2008 summer as he focused on working in the weight room to get his lanky body stronger.
As a sophomore, Hahn was moved to the closer’s role for the Virginia Tech program as he appeared in 17 games including two starts. He went 1-2 including a save with a 6.00 ERA in 24 innings of work. He continued to struggle with his control as he walked 13 batters while tossing six wild pitches and hitting three batters. He spent the summer of 2009 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Chatham Anglers. He worked primarily out of the bullpen accumulating a 1-1 record with a 5.28 ERA. He struck out 17 batters in 15.1 innings of work.
People are going to question why I have Hahn so high up on my list and rightfully so. As I always say, this is my projected Top 100 players in the country. Hahn has all the stuff to become an absolutely unbelievable pitcher with a 97-99 MPH fastball and has struggled his first two seasons as he adjusted to the college game. He is now entering his third season with the Hokies and has undergone a major body change during his college days. He was rated as the eighth best player in the Cape Cod Baseball League. These are just some of the reasons that I believe Hahn is due for a breakout season in 2010.
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