Coming out of his first full professional season in 2011 since being drafted, Ryan Hafner was one of the State College Spikes best starters. The right-hander, who was a overslot 17th round pick out of Lee's Summit West High School in 2010, posted a 3.10 ERA over 14 starts (65.2) innings.
Hafner was expected to start the season out of spring training at Low-A West Virginia, but a hamstring injury set him back to where he didn't make his season debut until late April. From the get go, Hafner struggled at the new level. In his debut, the right-hander allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits with two walks and two hit batters. He went on to post five-plus ERA's in both May and June.
The command issues continued for Hafner, and after making 14 starts, he was moved into the bullpen to get back on track.
"I was struggling as a starter," Hafner said. "I think it’s better for me being in the bullpen right now, it gives me more opportunities to throw in a game and just more time off...