Sean Anthony Hjelle (born May 7, 1997) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who currently pitches for the San Francisco Giants. He was a member of the University of Kentucky baseball team. Hjelle was drafted in the second round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants.
He stands 6 feet 11 inches (2.11 meters) tall. Hjelle and former pitcher Jon Rauch hold the record for being the tallest players in big league history.
The San Francisco Giants picked Hjelle in the second round of the 2018 MLB draft, with the 45th overall pick.
He signed with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes for a $1.5 million signing bonus and made his professional debut. Hjelle pitched with Salem-Keizer for the whole season, posting a 5.06 ERA in 12 starts.
Hjelle began the 2019 season with the Class A South Atlantic League’s Augusta GreenJackets, starting on Opening Day. In May, he was promoted to the San Jose Giants’ Class A Advanced team. The Giants advanced Hjelle to the Class AA Eastern League’s Richmond Flying Squirrels in August, where he ended the season. Hjelle was 7–9 with a 3.32 ERA in 28 starts for the three teams.
Hjelle pitched for the Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League’s Class AAA division in 2021. The Giants added Hjelle to their 40-man roster after the season. He began the 2022 season with Sacramento and made his Major League Baseball debut on May 6th.
Sean Hjelle Parents: Meet Mark And Sue Hjelle
The parents of Sean Hjelle are Mark Hjelle and Sue Hjelle. Mark is Sean Hjelle’s father while Sue is his mother. He has two other siblings called Mara Hjelle and Erica Hjelle.