Let’s get this out of the way: I don’t think he’s related to my favorite person with the last name Hader.
Anyhow, let’s talk baseball. I have a comedy blog to talk about the other Hader on.
This Hader (Josh) was drafted in 2012 – although he wasn’t hyped, a scout named Dean Albany kept close tabs on him, and the boy rewarded him with a 13-strikeout complete game that May. The Orioles proceeded to draft him in the 19th round and signed him after he impressed Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter with his performance in the Brooks Robinson all-star game (a showcase game for Maryland high school players).
Hader’s velocity initially sat at 84-87 mpm on his fastball, but the Orioles have helped him bulk up and repair his delivery, so he’s currently armed with a fastball that ranges from 88-94 mph. He’s got a three-quarters delivery, too, which is delightfully deceptive. He’s still working on those secondary pitches, but so far BA says he has “the makings of a plus changeup and an average slider. He also has a slurvy curveball and throws strikes with all his pitches.”
Yeah, I think I like this kid. Watch for him in Delmarva this season.
Also, there’s no scouting video of him pitching, so watch Bill Hader as Stefon instead.