Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Ex-JSU star finds his way in the majors
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
Sep 25, 2013 | 2697 views |  0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Milwaukee's Donovan Hand, a former Jacksonville State standout, has pitched in 30 games this season. (AP file photo)
Milwaukee's Donovan Hand, a former Jacksonville State standout, has pitched in 30 games this season. (AP file photo)
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Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Donovan Hand got tagged with the loss Monday night in relief against the Atlanta Braves, but the former Jacksonville State ace still has put together a wonderful rookie season that should make his fans from Calhoun County proud.

He has worked in 30 games with a 3.66 ERA, including 3.12 in September. His WHIP of 1.327 is solid. If you don’t know what WHIP is, it’s Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched. And, trust me, 1.327 isn’t bad at all, especially for a rookie looking to remain in the big leagues.

His won-loss record is 0-5, but considering Milwaukee has the third-worst record in the National League, Hand’s personal mark isn’t exactly a good indicator of what he has done.

Maybe the best part of Hand’s first major league season is the excitement he has created at his former school. It isn’t uncommon to hear somebody say, “Hey, did you see how ‘Devo’ pitched the other night?”

Plenty of JSU folks appreciate Hand, and that’s enough to hope he continues pitching well enough to stay in the majors a good, long time.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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