Hand has allowed seven earned runs across 9.2 innings in the month of June, bringing his ERA up to 3.89 for the season. Hand has continued to strike out plenty of batters this season, as he has an 11.4 K/9, but his struggles with control remain an issue. His walk rate is currently 13.5 percent, contributing to his opponent on-base percentage of .339. However, Hand's endurance has been valuable to the Padres, as he frequently throws two or more innings out of the bullpen.
Hand threw a scoreless inning, allowing two walks and striking out three in Wednesday's matchup with the Cubs. Hand's production has been highly variable this season as he's given up earned runs in six of his 16 appearances. The southpaw strikes batters out as he's collected 18 K's over his 14.1 innings of work but he still allows too many hits and walks as he's accumulated a 1.74 WHIP. The 26-year-old will look to improve upon his peripherals in his mid to late inning relief role as the 2016 season continues.
Hand was claimed off waivers by the Padres on Friday, Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports. Hand was DFA'd by the Marlins earlier in the week and will now join the Padres as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. His experience at the major league level could bump lefties such as Ryan Buchter or Robbie Erlin back down to the minors. Hand struck out 29 of the 110 lefties he faced in 2015 while allowing a .206 batting average against.
Hand was designated for assignment Sunday. With a wave of roster cuts looming, the Marlins decided Hand would be best-suited for the minors. After issuing eight walks and allowing 10 runs over 11 innings this spring, one could hardly blame them.
Hand tossed a pair of scoreless, hitless innings Friday against the Braves, striking out three. He was a little wild in this one, walking two batters and hitting another, but it was a stark improvement over his six-run disaster the last time he took the mound. Hand started 12 games for the Marlins' last season, but with some added depth in the rotation and maturing youth coming up through the system, he's destined for a bullpen role. Despite a mediocre showing so far in Grapefruit League action, the veteran lefty is a strong bet to break camp with the club.