The New York Yankees have signed left-handed pitcher Tim Hardy to a minor league contract and assigned him to the Staten Island Yankees.
Hardy, 23, was initially selected by the Houston Astros in the 18th round of the 2017 draft out of Tusculum College. He made his professional debut in 2017 with the Greenville Astros where he was 1-3 with a 4.19, 32 strikeouts and 15 walks in 34 1/3 innings over 13 games, two starts.
In 2018 he appeared in 18 games, one start, with the Tri-City Valley Cats and the Quad Cities River Bandits. With the Valley Cats, he was 2-2 with a 1.50 in 12 games, one start, with four saves in four opportunities and 26 strikeouts in 18 innings of work. With Quad Cities, Hardy had a 2.84 ERA in six games, striking out 23 batters in 12 2/3 innings and allowing six walks.
His best game came on August 26, 2018, when he struck out eight batters on 44 pitches over three innings of work for Quad Cities. He allowed just one walk and one hit in that game.
The Astros released Hardy on March 27, and he went on to sign a contract with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association. The Yankees decided to sign him to a minor league contract in early April.
In college, Hardy appeared in 32 games for the Pioneers over two seasons. He struck out 111 batters in 96 2/3 inning. During the 2016-2017 season, he pitched three complete games as he was working primarily as a starter.
Hardy is a 6-foot 7-inch tall, 250-pound left-handed pitcher born in Monroe, North Carolina. He does not throw particularly hard, sat 89-92 miles per hour with his fastball last year while with the Astros organization. He also has a below-average slider that was clocked at 77 miles per hour