Eric told you about The Atlanta Braves trade for Pierce Johnson earlier today. The club continued to bolster its overworked bullpen ravaged by injuries to key arms by adding another reliever, lefty Taylor Hearn.
The Pirates selected Hearn in the 22nd round of the 2102 draft, the Reds tried to sign him after selecting him in the 36th round in 2013, and in 2014, the Twins selected him, but he once again chose not to sign.
The Nationals selected him in the fifth round of the 2015 Rule 4 draft and convinced the 6’6 198 pound lefty to sign. The Nats traded him to the Pirates for Mark Melancon in 2016; the Bucs traded him to Texas for Keone Kela a year later.
The Braves acquired Hearn for Cash considerations and designated righty Derek Rodriguez to open a 40-man slot for Hearn.
Hearn’s Early years
Hearn made his Major League debut in 2019 but suffered an elbow injury that ended his season. He avoided surgery and returned to Texas as a reliever in 2020, tossing 17 1/3 innings over 14 games, striking out 23 and walking 14 while pitching to a 3.63 ERA.
His work in 2020 earned him a spot in the Rangers pen in 2021. He began the season as a reliever but eventually joined the rotation. On the season, Hearn threw 104+ innings over 42 games, including 11 starts, striking out 92 and walking 42 while pitching to a 4.66 ERA.
The Rangers gave Hearn a spot in the rotation to open the season but, after throwing only 59 innings in 13 starts, they moved him back to the pen. He was significantly more effective as a reliever, throwing 41 innings over 18 appearances, striking out 43, walking 15, and picking up one save while pitching to a 3.51 ERA.