Mike Hook

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Michael Kenneth Hook

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Biographical information[edit]

Mike Hook is a former minor league baseball pitcher who played in the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, California Angels and Baltimore Orioles organizations from 1986 to 1992. He was originally drafted by the Astros in the second round of the 1986 amateur draft and was signed by scout Reggie Waller.

He began his professional career in 1986, playing for the GCL Astros and Osceola Astros. For the GCL Astros, he went 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 12 games (11 starts). For Osceola, he appeared in only one game, going 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA.

In 1987, he spent the entire year with the GCL Astros, going 1-1 with a 5.12 ERA in six games (four starts). He played with the Asheville Tourists in 1988, going 7-6 with a 4.04 ERA in 26 starts. In 124 2/3 innings, he allowed only 103 hits, and he struck out 126 batters.

On January 10, 1989, he was traded with John Fishel and Pedro DeLeon to the Yankees for Rick Rhoden. He spent only one season in the Yankees organization, going 6-5 with a 3.67 ERA in 34 games (nine starts) for the Fort Lauderdale Yankees.

He wound up in the Angels organization in 1990. He played for the Quad Cities Angels and Midland Angels, going 6-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 30 relief appearances with Quad Cities. He also struck out an incredible 66 batters in 38 innings of work while allowing just 18 hits. He made the Midwest League All-Star team as the top left-handed reliever. He made seven relief appearances with Midland, going 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA. He had 10 strikeouts - and 17 walks - in 8 2/3 innings with them. Overall, he went 6-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 37 relief appearances. In 46 2/3 innings, he walked 39 batters and had 76 strikeouts. On December 4, 1990, he was traded with David Martinez to the Orioles for Dave Gallagher.

Hook played for the Frederick Keys in 1991, making 37 relief appearances and going 0-3 with a 5.77 ERA in 53 innings. He walked 54 batters and struck 63 batters out. In 1992, he played for the Hagerstown Suns, making six starts. He went 0-2 with a 5.04 ERA.

Overall, Hook made 158 appearances in the minor leagues, starting 56 games. He went 24-24 with a 4.02 ERA, striking out 422 batters in 416 2/3 innings.