From BC to LA
In this installment of the Northwest Player Profiles, I’m taking a look at British Columbia, and Washington’s own Blake Hawskworth.
Born in Vancouver B.C., but raised in Sammamish Washington, Hawksworth is a true northwest original. Playing his high school ball at Eastlake High School, and his college ball at Bellevue Community, before taking his talents to the pro level.
Date of birth: March 1st 1983 (age 29)
Height: 6ft 3 in
Weight: 195 lb
College: Bellevue Community College
Place of birth: North Vancouver B.C.
Debuted June 6th 2009 with the St. Louis Cardinals
As mentioned above, Blake Hawksworth played his amateur ball in Washington state. Though he was drafted right out of high school, Hawksworth was able to attend college in what is called a draft and watch provision. This way he is still owned by his Major League club, and can attend school while playing semi pro ball during summers.
Before he signed on to play with Bellevue, he spent a few seasons playing with the Mercer Islanders as well as the Fox Sports baseball team. It was here that he honed his skills and was named the minor league top prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America in 2003.
After missing most of the next two years to injury, Hawksworth finally got his career going in the right path again in 2006. He posted a combined record of 11-4 with both the Palm Beach Cardinals and the Springfield Cardinals.
He was then moved up in the system to the Memphis Red Birds, where he sputtered, quite badly.
Over the next two seasons his record would be something he would not want to write home about; 9-20, with a combined ERA of over 11.00.
That still did not deter the Cardinals from promoting him though, as he made his Major League debut in June of 2009.
Major League career
In Hawkworths first season in St.Louis, he went 4-0 pitching mostly in relief.
In fact of the 75 games he appeared in with the Cardinals, only 8 of them were starts. He went 8-8 during his time in St. Louis.
In his second season, there was a bit of drama for Hawksworth. Pitchining against the hated Chicago Cubs, Hawksworth took a line drive to the mouth off of the bat of Sam Fuld.
The injury resulted in him going to the hospital, where 20 stiches were applied, and he missed the remainder of the season.
During the off season that year, the Cardinals saw an opportunity to get Chicago where it hurt the most, aquiring one of their former players.
So they shipped Hawksworth off to the Los Angeles Dodgers for SS Ryan Theriot.
Once in LA, it was more of the same for him. Coming in out of the bullpen, and not really establishing himself as a threat to opposing batters. His record during his first year in LA was 2-4 in 49 appearences. Not one of them a start.
Prior to the 2012 season, Hawksworth was placed on the 60 day DL for the recovery process from his right elbow surgery.
He still has not returned.