Ex-Chant Hessler gets call to join big league D-Backs

ccu-hesslerKeith Hessler, who pitched at Coastal Carolina from 2009-11, was promoted to Major League Baseball by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Hessler has pitched in three levels of Minor League Baseball this summer and has compiled a 4-2 record with a 1.68 ERA through 47 relief appearances in the Diamondbacks farm system. In five seasons of professional baseball, Hessler has pitched in 180 games, including 35 starts, with a 4.07 ERA and recorded 407 strikeouts in 386.2.

Hessler was a 28th-round selection by Arizona in the 2010 draft, but the left-hander returned to the Chanticleers for the 2011 season before signing as a free agent with Diamondbacks following CCU’s 2011 NCAA Regional appearance.

With the Chanticleers, Hessler pitched in 61 games with 31 starts and posted a career ERA of 4.90. In 104.2 innings, he posted 85 strikeouts.

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