June 7, 2008

Mariners Add Hann as Free Agent

June 7, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Former Cal State Northridge hurler Phil Hann has signed a professional contract with the Seattle Mariners, giving him a chance to continue what has already been an outstanding career. Hann excelled in every role as a Matador and was the team's top pitcher in 2008.

Hann was a top priority after his name was not called during the draft. Seattle called within seconds of the draft's conclusion and Hann happily accepted the team's offer.

Said head coach Steve Rousey, "His ability to throw all of his pitches for strikes, his poise on the mound, and his leadership with his teammates was unmatched. The Seattle organization is lucky to have him."

"We are very proud of Phil and his accomplishments at Northridge. He was one of the most poised and polished pitchers to take the mound for the Matadors and we have no doubt that we will be an excellent professional," added Matador assistant coach Mark Kertenian.

The Matadors' best reliever in 2007, Hann became a starter in his senior season and quickly proved his mettle in the role. In his 2008 debut, Hann tossed seven innings and surrendered just one earned run on five hits against Northwestern and never slowed down, making a start on each weekend in 2008 and anchoring an otherwise young pitching staff.

Hann collected 11 strikeouts in a game against LaSalle on March 1st in just six innings of work, setting up the Matadors' first shutout of 2008. He held Cal Poly to just two runs in what became a 3-2 extra-inning victory, led the Matadors to a 4-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton, the Matadors' first win against the Titans since 2003, and dueled UC Irvine's Bryce Stowell to a 1-0 loss at Matador Field. Hann went 8.2 innings and faced just 28 batters in a dominating effort.

Hann also pitched the Matadors to a 5-4 win at USC's Dedeaux Field late in the season. His final victory came against Pacific on May 17th, as he went eight innings with just two earned runs surrendered.

He finished his senior campaign with a 4-6 record and an excellent 3.96 ERA. He posted 48 strikeouts against just 13 walks in 91.0 innings.

Seattle Mariners area scout Greg Whitworth pursued and signed Hann, who was a top priority at the conslusion of the draft. Said Hann, "I was getting ready to call them at the end of the draft like I was told to, but he beat me too it. My phone rang 30 seconds after the draft. It made me feel like I was their first priority."

"I'm grateful for the opportunity," said an elated Hann. "I feel great. It's a dream of mine to play professionally, and other teams weren't as sure. Now I have a chance to prove myself just like I did at Northridge."