- Full name Luther Gean Hackman
- Born 10/06/1974 in Columbus, MS
- Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 195 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Columbus
- Debut 09/01/1999
- Drafted in the 6th round (154th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 1994.
Organization Prospect Rankings
Hackman was the only minor leaguer the Cardinals got in the seven-player deal with the Rockies last offseason that brought in Darryl Kile and Dave Veres, who were keys to the club's National League Central title. Hackman has been on the fringe of the majors for the past couple of seasons and had big league stints in 1999 and 2000. He's a big, strong pitcher who has been compared to Jim Bibby. He can bring his fastball in the mid-90s and has a good slider. His changeup is a decent third pitch. His command has improved significantly over the course of his career. But Hackman is a question mark for St. Louis because he hasn't proven he's ready to make the jump to the big leagues. He has been hit hard in brief auditions but could be more effective coming out of the bullpen, allowing him to rely on just his fastball and slider. Hackman will go to spring training with a chance to win a big league job, but he'll probably wind up back in Memphis, where he makes his offseason home.