Colt Hynes

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Colt Hynes made his major league debut in 2013.

Hynes was 8-3 with a 2.96 ERA in junior college in 2004 and was All-Conference. He had a 6-3, 2.70 record in 2005. Transferring to Texas Tech as a junior, he went 5-3 with two saves, a 2.93 ERA and .215 opponent average. His senior year, the lefty fell to 3-6, 5.94 with a .315 opponent average. The San Diego Padres still took him in the 31st round of the 2007 amateur draft, one round after Dylan Axelrod; the scout was Tim Holt.

Colt made his pro debut with the Eugene Emeralds that summer and was excellent (3-2, 4 Sv, 1.54, .90 WHIP). He was second in the Northwest League with 30 games pitched, one behind Riquy Pena. In 2008, he was 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA and .324 average allowed for the Fort Wayne Wizards. He was very busy in 2009, split between the Fort Wayne TinCaps (2-0, 1.62 in 13 G) and Lake Elsinore Storm (3-3, 2 Sv, 2.90 in 49 G). He was second in the Padres chain in appearances, 3 behind Brandon Gomes. He tied Travis Mortimore for 6th in the California League in games pitched despite only spending part of the year there.

A much-used reliever again in 2010, Hynes appeared for the Storm (3-1, 2 Sv, 2.65 in 37 G) and the San Antonio Missions (0-1, 1.19 in 24 G), with only 17 walks in 81 1/3 IP. He was 4th in the Padres chain in pitching appearances, between Brad Brach and Miles Mikolas. He slipped in 2011, allowing a .303 average between San Antonio (0-6, Sv, 3.72 in 45 G) and the Tucson Padres (2-1, 5.47 in 22 G). He tied Brach for the most games pitched in the Padres chain. He was used as a starter for the first time in 2012, making 21 starts and 9 relief appearances for Tucson; he bombed at 6-9, 5.76 with a .352 opponent average. He was 5th in the 2012 PCL in hits allowed (190, between Jorge Reyes and Zach Jackson). Among Padres farmhands, only Josh Geer and Reyes allowed more hits, runs or earned runs. Colt began 2013 back in the bullpen and sharper with San Antonio (1-0, 1 R, 16 K, 0 BB in 12 1/3 IP) and Tucson (1-0, 4 Sv, 1.90 after 31 G). He was called up to the majors when Brach was demoted.

Hynes made his major league debut in the 9th inning of a 10-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on June 28, 2013. Relieving Luke Gregerson, he retired Jeff Francoeur, Tony Abreu and Guillermo Quiroz, only needing 7 pitches to do so. He made 22 appearances for the Padres, with no decisions and an ERA of 9.00 in 17 innings. After the season, he was purchased by the Cleveland Indians, but as the 2014 season was about to begin, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 6th in return for Duke von Schamann. He was assigned to the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League, where he 1-3, 4.08 with 2 saves in 42 appearances. The Dodgers placed him on waivers on August 13th, and he was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. He finished the season with the Buffalo Bisons, where he was 0-1, 1.08 in 7 games.

Hynes surprised many observers by making the Blue Jays' roster out of spring training in 2015, beating out former All-Star Steve Delabar, among others, for a spot. His return to the majors came on April 10th, when in an inning of work he allowed a couple of meaningless runs to the Baltimore Orioles while pitching with a big lead.

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