Josh Hader is a professional baseball pitcher who currently pitches for the MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers. Josh has so much in common with his Brewers teammate and pitcher colleague Zach Davies. Both started their MLB careers with the Baltimore Orioles and are currently pitching for the same team (Milwaukee Brewers). Hader was drafted into the 2012 MLB draft and switched twice before joining the Brewers in 2015, with whom he made his first appearance in the MLB in 2017.
Prior to that, Hader represented the U.S. in the 2015 Pan American Games with the national baseball team and in 2016 he appeared in the All-Star Futures Game.
Josh Hader’s Bio
He was born on April 7, 1994, in Millersville, Maryland, as Josh Ronald Hader. He attended Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland, where he played on the school’s baseball team and recorded a 10-0 win and 10-0 loss as a senior. He also earned a 0.30 ERA and scored one hundred and twenty-five strikeouts. His batting average was over 0.400.
After graduating high school, Josh Hader planned to attend Anne Arundel Community College before the Baltimore Orioles named him 582 in the nineteenth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. Since he preferred to go pro, he signed a $40,000 contract with the Orioles and dropped out of college. During his first months with the Orioles, he showed a huge improvement. His speed in fastball increased from 84 to 88 miles per hour (135 to 142 km/h, his record as a high school player) to 94/95 miles per hour (151 to 153 km/h).
He played at rookie-level in the Gulf Coast League with the Gulf Coast Orioles and with the Aberdeen Ironbirds of the New York-Penn League, with whom he scored fourteen goals, nine walks, and 48 innings. In 2013 he was appointed to the Delmarva Shorebirds Class A of the South Atlantic League. He started the seventeen games he played in the league’s All-Star Games, scoring seventy-nine strikeouts and an ERA of 2.65 to set a 3-6 record.
In July of the same year, L. J. Hoes’ squad and outfielder were transferred to the Houston Astros in exchange for Bud Norris. He finished this season with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League. He started the 2014 season as a pitcher for the Lancaster JetHawks of Class A Advanced California League. This season he combined with 2 relief pitchers to throw a no-hitter.
After setting a 9-2 record in one league and leading the ERA with 2.70 and 112 strikeouts in the innings, he advanced to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League and was to be named Pitcher of the Year of the California League at the end of the season. The following season he also played in the Corpus Christi Hooks and was to remain on the team until July 2015. Then he was transferred to the Milwaukee Brewers along with Domingo Santana, Adrian Houser, and Brett Phillips in exchange for Mike Fiers and Carlos Gómez.
The Brewers immediately assigned him to the Biloxi Shuckers of the Class AA Southern League, with whom he would finish the season with an ERA combination of 3.03. At the end of the season, the Brewers invited him to their 2016 spring training. During the 2015 season, Josh Hader was also selected to join the national baseball team that represented the nation in the 2015 Pan American Games.
Hader would start the 2016 season with Biloxi and his first start with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the AAA Pacific Coast League class. That same season, he played in the All-Star Futures Game and was added to the Brewers’ 40-man list at the end of the season. He began the 2017 season with the Colorado Springs, but advanced to the Major League in June and made his first appearance in the MLB that same month.
He began his 2018 season in the Milwaukee bullpen, and in April he scored eight strikeouts in an outing that was less than three innings long, becoming the first pitcher ever to score such a strikeout. In a game against the Cincinnati Reds, he scored a 2.2 inning rescue, scored nine hitters with eight strikeouts and one walk. Josh Hader also scored 1.21 ERA with eighty-three strikeouts in forty-four innings to become the MLB 2018 All-Star Game.
During the MLB All-Star Game 2018, a series of tweets by Josh Hader with homophobic, sexist, and racist content appeared online. Due to the controversy caused by the tweets, the baseball player’s friends and family members who attended the game received empty jerseys to wear. After the game, Hader apologized for being immature when he made these tweets between mid-2011 and late 2012. He also deleted his account on Twitter.
Hader’s family consists of his parents Patricia and Tom Harder and his friend Maria Macias. His family was very supportive and there for him. Sometimes they attend his games, and during the tweet controversy, they were there wearing the empty jerseys.
Josh named his father as his greatest influencer and role model. In his opinion, he has always dreamed of being a big-league player, and it was his father who pushed him very hard to succeed.
Harder is currently not one of the most deserving fighters in the MLB, but if he continues at the pace he is currently doing, he will definitely make it onto that list soon. The pitcher’s salary will be $556,500 starting in 2018.
Height, Weight, Body Stats
The jug stands at a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and weighs 84 kg (185 lbs). Its other body statistics are currently under review.