LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - The Atlanta Braves announced the recall of right-hander David Hale from the Gwinnett roster on Thursday, September 5. Hale, on Atlanta's 40-man roster all season, is set to make his Major League debut with the Braves.
Hale, 25, made his Triple-A debut for the Gwinnett Braves in 2013. Hale went 6-9 with a 3.22 ERA (41 ER in 114.2 IP) in 22 games, 20 starts, including 11 quality starts. He missed over a month of the season while on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain from April 18 to May 29, but returned strong, going 5-5 with a 2.26 ERA (21 ER in 83.2 IP) and 10 quality starts over 14 outings from June 15 to August 28. He won three-straight starts from July 20 to August 1, posting a 2.00 ERA (4 ER in 18.0 IP) in that span.
A native of Marietta, GA and a product of The Walker School, Hale was Atlanta's third round selection in the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of Princeton University (Princeton, NJ). He is 25-28 with a 3.69 ERA (193 ER in 471.0 IP) in 112 games, 68 starts over five minor league seasons in the Braves' system. Hale entered the 2013 season as the No. 16 prospect in the organization as ranked by Baseball America.
Hale joins outfielder Jose Constanza (recalled on August 31), right-hander Freddy Garcia (purchased on September 1), right-hander Kameron Loe (purchased on September 2) and catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis (recalled on September 3) as late-season call-ups by Atlanta from Gwinnett. He is the first of that group that has yet to make a Major League debut.
The Gwinnett Braves will begin the 2014 season on Thursday, April 3 at Durham. The next G-Braves' home game at Coolray Field will take place on Friday, April 11, 2014 against the Durham Bulls. Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box office at (678) 277-0340. For more information on 2014 season ticket packages, visit gwinnettbraves.com/2014.