Is Josh Hader Still In The MLB?
Yes. Josh Harder is still active in the MLB pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 2016, the Brewers invited him to spring training. Hader began the 2016 season with Biloxi and made his Class AAA Pacific Coast League debut on June 12 with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
He was chosen to play in the All-Star Futures Game in 2016. After the season, the Brewers added him to their 40-man roster.
Colorado Springs was Hader’s first stop of the 2017 season. On June 9, the Brewers promoted him to the main leagues. On June 10, he made his major league debut.
Hader started the season in the Milwaukee bullpen. Hader made history on April 30 when he became the first pitcher to record eight strikeouts in a game that lasted less than three innings.
He pitched a two-plus-thirds-inning save against the Cincinnati Reds, facing nine batters and striking out eight while walking one.
Hader was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game after posting a 1.21 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 44 innings. Hader pitched in the top of the eighth inning of the 2018 All-Star Game.
He gave up hits to Shin-Soo Choo of the Rangers and George Springer of the Astros before Mariners’ Jean Segura launched a home ball to left field to put the American All-Stars up 5–2.
Hader was substituted after 26 pitches, allowing four hits and one out over five batters, after giving up a single to Boston Red Sox infielder Mitch Moreland.
Hader went 6–1 with 12 saves and a 2.43 ERA last season. In 81+13 innings, he struck out 143 batters.
Hader had the lowest batting average against left-handed batters among MLB pitchers who threw at least 20 innings (.088). He was named the National League Reliever of the Year, making him the first non-full-time closer to do so.
Following the injuries of fellow relievers Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder strain) and Corey Knebel (hamstring strain), Hader started the 2019 season as the Brewers’ closer (Tommy John surgery).