Long Island Ducks Ink Righty Pitcher Chad Hockin


The Long Island Ducks today announced the signing of another arm, right-handed pitcher Chad Hockin, who begins his first season with the Ducks and fifth in professional baseball.

“Chad has been an effective pitcher out of the bullpen throughout his career,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “We look forward to having him on our pitching staff.”

The California native most recently pitched in 2019 with Single-A Myrtle Beach and the Cubs rookie-level Arizona League affiliate. In 16 appearances, he posted a 2-1 mark with a 2.41 ERA and 32 strikeouts to just eight walks over 18.2 innings.

Hockin, 27, spent a total of four seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization (2016-19), reaching as high as Myrtle Beach. He combined to pitch in 68 games, putting up a 4.15 ERA, two saves, 107 strikeouts and 32 walks over 91 innings of work.

The Cubs selected Hockin in the sixth round of the 2016 amateur draft out of California State University, Fullerton. He posted a 2.87 ERA, three saves, 52 strikeouts and 17 walks over 62.2 innings of work for his college pitching career.

Not seeing action for the last two seasons, Hockin is thrilled to be a part of a successful franchise such as the one that plays baseball on Central Islip, N.Y., and helping the club win.

“I’m excited to be joining such a talented team like the Long Island Ducks,” Hockin said. “I look forward to meeting my new teammates and coaches and contributing to the team in any way I can.”

— Jerry Del Priore

Photo: Long Island Ducks

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