Corey Hamman

Born: April 12, 1980
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 200
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 12th Round, 350th Overall, 2002
How Acquired: Rule 5 Draft, AAA Phase
College: Montclair State University
Agent: N/A


The Pirates acquired Hamman in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft after the 2007 season. He appeared to have settled in as an upper-level swing man for the Tigers, relying mainly on offspeed stuff, and his K rate took a nose dive when he began starting games.

2006-07: Reached AAA and decent year there in AAA in 2006, but struggled in 2007 and got bombed late the season after demotion to AA.

2008: Opened in Altoona rotation, pitched well, then moved up to AAA for last two months. Wasn’t as effective there. Surprisingly, had strong reverse platoon split in AAA. Had previously been much more effective against LH batters. Became minor league free agent after the season, but re-signed with Pirates.

2009: Split time between Altoona and Indianapolis bullpens, leading system in appearances. Pitched well with the former and poorly with the latter, although peripherals weren’t quite as bad as ERA. Re-signed again after the season for 2010.

2010: Pirates released Hamman at end of spring training, but a few days into the season he appeared in a box score pitching for Indianapolis (and walking the only batter he faced). It turned out Pirates immediately re-signed him. Again split time between AAA and AA during the year, primarily the former. Pitched fairly well this time in AAA but couldn’t get anybody out in AA. LH batters hit only .167 against him while he was with Indy.

The Pirates could bring Hamman back for another season, although at this point he’s clearly just an organizational player.

Baseball Reference
2010: Minor League Contract

    Signing Bonus: N/A
    MiLB Debut: 2002
    MLB Debut: N/A
    MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
    MLB FA Eligible: N/A
    Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
    Added to 40-Man: N/A
    Options Remaining: 3 (USED: N/A)
    MLB Service Time: 0.000
    June 5, 2002: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 12th round, 350th overall pick.
    June 811, 2002: Signed by the Detroit Tigers to a minor league contract.
    December 7, 2007: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Detroit Tigers with the 32nd pick in the AAA phase of the 2007 Rule 5 draft.