HISSONG, TRAVIS

Position: Pitcher

DOB: July 19, 1991

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 200

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (June 24, 2017)

Profile:  Signed by the New York Yankees in 2014 after going undrafted following his senior season at Wright State, Hissong worked his way up through the Yankees system, reaching Double-A Trenton in 2016.  He split time between Trenton and High-A Tampa in 2017, but was released by the Yankees in June.  The Brewers signed him to a free agent deal and assigned him to their Double-A affiliate in Biloxi.  With experience as both a starter and a reliever in college, Hissong has worked mostly out of the bullpen in pro ball, where his low-90’s fastball gets a little extra push.  He’s worked hard to develop a changeup as well and has put up big strikeout numbers at each stop along the way.

2014:  After signing with the Yankees, Hissong was sent to Staten Island in the New York-Penn League before moving to the Yankees rookie affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.  He also made one appearance for High-A Tampa and finished out his first season with a record of 1-1 to go along with a 2.53 earned run average.

2015:  Hissong returned to Staten Island in 2015, where he appeared in 14 games, all in a relief role.  He went 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA, recording one save and striking out 29 batters in 23.1 innings of work.

2016:  The Yankees had Hissong work at three different levels in 2016, as he pitched at Low-A Charleston, High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.  He appeared in 35 games between the three affiliates, and wound up going a combined 6-1 with a 1.88 earned run average.

2017:  Hissong opened up 2017 back at Double-A Trenton, but after posting a 5.28 ERA in 11 outings there, he was sent down to Tampa.  He made seven more appearances there, then was released by the Yankees in June.  The Brewers signed him a few days later and assigned him to Biloxi.  He finished out the year with the Shuckers, going 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA in 16 appearances, including one start.