Mississippi Braves RHP David Hale followed arguably his worst start of the season, in which he gave up six earned runs on seven walks in three and two-thirds innings, with his best on Wednesday. Hale gave the last-place Braves a 1-0 win over Huntsville by throwing seven and two-thirds scoreless innings while striking out a season-high 11 and allowing one walk.
Hale's role has been inconsistent throughout his career and this season his performance has followed suit. The Princeton product's minor league career began in 2010 with a 7.99 ERA in six starts for low Class A Rome and was moved to the bullpen and flourished. After a promotion to high Class A Lynchburg to begin 2011, Hale struggled in the bullpen and moved back to the rotation to have success in the role he struggled in a year prior.
The Braves moved Hale to Double-A Mississippi to begin 2012 and although his role has been consistent, his performance has been anything but. Hale has had three starts this season in which he allowed six or more runs. After each disastrous outing, Hale has allowed one earned run or less in his next start.
On the season, the 6-foot-2 Hale has a 4-3 record and a 4.36 ERA. Hale has struggled with his command and has walked close to five hitters per nine innings. He has struck out over six hitters per nine innings with a 92-94 mph fastball and above-average mid-80s slider.