Thomas Hackimer Picked to Play in the Arizona Fall League|
Aug. 30, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. - Just over a year after being selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 2016 MLB Draft, Thomas Hackimer has received one of the game's highest honors for an up-and-coming prospect, earning an invitation to the Arizona Fall League.
A fourth round pick of the Twins after closing out one of the finest careers in the history of St. John's Baseball, Hackimer has been enjoying a stellar start in the minors, compiling a 2.39 with five saves in 21 appearances for the Class-A Cedar Rapids Kernels a season ago. The Floral Park, N.Y., native began the 2017 campaign with Cedar Rapids, but quickly earned a promotion after tallying a 3-1 record with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.58 WHIP in 16 games. Hackimer has been equally as impressive with the Fort Myers Miracle of the Class-A Advanced Florida State League, going 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA in 26 games since his call-up. In addition, the right-hander is 6-for-6 on save opportunities with the Miracle.
The 2016 BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year holds numerous St. John's records, having amassed program-bests for saves (36) and appearances (124) during his tenure in Queens. As a senior in 2016, Hackimer went 7-3 with a 1.17 ERA, registering eight saves while striking out 71 and walking just 19 en route to earning All-America honors twice over.
After notching a school-record 15 saves during the BIG EAST Championship season of 2015, Hackimer was selected by the New York Mets in the 15th Round of the MLB, but chose to return to school and saw his draft stock rise significantly. For his career, Hackimer tied with John Franco for 10th in program history with a 2.42 ERA and held opponents to a .190 batting average during his time with the Red Storm.
Hackimer will become the fifth St. John's product to make an appearance in the Arizona Fall League since 2011, joining Joe Panik, Danny Burawa, Matt Carasiti and Ryan Horstman. So far, three of those four have gone on to make appearances in the big leagues, while Panik boasts a World Series title, a Gold Glove and an All-Star bid on his resume.
According to Arizona Fall League Director Steve Cobb, approximately 60 percent of AFL players eventually reach the majors. Since its inception over two and a half decades ago, the league has produced 27 Rookie of the Year Award winners and 16 MVP Award winners.