#9 / Utility Infielder / Cincinnati Reds
March, 4 1980
- John Joseph Hannahan IV was born on March 4th, 1980 in St. Paul Minnesota.
- Hannahan was a three-sport athlete at Cretin-Derham Hall High School; playing baseball, basketball and football. Other notable Cretins include Joe Mauer, Paul Molitor and former teen heartthrob Josh Harntett.
- Jack enjoyed a very successful collegiate career at the University of Minnesota, taking All-American honors in his freshman year, batting .360. In his junior year, he hit .372 with 15 honkies and 63 RBI and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year.
- The Tigers drafted Hannahan in the 3rd round of the 2001 draft, and he picked up right where he left off in college, slashing .311/.391/.400 splitting time in low-A and high-A in 2001. After spending six full seasons in the minors, Jack finally got his cup of coffee in 2006, where he went 0-9 with a walk.
- He started the 2007 season back in the International League where he played 101 games for the Toledo Mudhens before Billy Beane acquired him in exchange for outfielder Jason Perry. Hannahan put up his best MLB numbers in 41 games for the A's in 2007, with an OPS+ of 115 in 169 PAs.
- Hannahan continued to bounce around the AL, making stops in Seattle and Boston before signing a free agent deal with the Indians.
- A drinking problem nearly ended his baseball career before it began. He was kicked off his high school baseball team his sophomore year, and was suspended from his college team twice in three years due to alcohol-related incidents. With the help of his college coach, he entered rehab, and has been sober since 2000.
- He kind of looks like Paul Rudd.
June 5, 2001: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers inn the 3rd Round of the amateur draft. Player signed June 20, 2001.
August 14, 2007: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Oakland Athletics for Jason Perry.
July 11, 2009: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Seattle Mariners for Justin Souza.
July 22, 2010: Traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Boston Red Sox for a PTBNL or cash.
December 4, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.
December 13, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
2 years, $4 million ('13-'14) with a $4 million option in '15 ($2 million buyout)
Ratings via the Baseball Cube
Basically, he's not a very good hitter, but he can take a walk occasionally.
Fans Scouting Report ratings (via Fangraphs) (2012 rating/career rating):
First Step: 59/67
Arm Strength: 61/65
Arm Accuracy: 72/75
FSR Runs Above Average: 4/16
The Fans Scouting Report has him losing a step last year, which makes sense with someone his age. UZR/150 tends to agree with this account, as he was at -6.7 at 3B last year in 724 innings. This is a bit concerning, considering he was signed to be a glove first backup.
All the projection systems seem to have him right around his career numbers. You can view them here.