Former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pitcher Trey Hearne will be recognized as the 2009 South Texas Professional Pitcher of the Year at the Sixth Annual South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet to be held at the Omni Bayfront Hotel.
Hearne, a native of Lufkin, had an outstanding year with the top two affiliates in the Cardinals organization in 2009. Overall, Hearne was 14-4 with a 2.92 ERA, leading all St. Louis farmhands in wins and finishing second in earned run average. With Springfield in the Texas League, Hearne went 12-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 24 games and 18 starts. He was the winning pitcher for the North in the Texas League All-Star Game and an end-of-season Texas League All-Star.
The 2006 South Texas Professional Pitcher of the Year, Hearne went over two months without a loss, posting a 9-0 record and a 2.42 ERA in 12 starts for Springfield from May 8 through July 12. Included in that stretch was a 5-4 win over the Hooks at Whataburger Field May 30 in which Hearne belted a three-run home run.
In late July, Hearne received the call to Triple-A Memphis, where he went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts for the Redbirds. He tossed seven innings of three-hit, shutout ball in an 8-0 victory August 8 at Salt Lake. Returning to Springfield in late August, Hearne finished the regular season with 15 innings of shutout work over his final two starts, posting wins at Arkansas and at home against Tulsa.
Hearne had a record-setting career for the Islanders. Hearne was named the Independent Pitcher of the Year as a senior in 2005 and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team. He posted an 8-1 record and a 2.00 ERA, which was 18th in the nation that season. He finished his two-year career with 16 wins, 201 strikeouts, and a 2.43 earned run average, which are all school records.