On the Horizon: Nick Hagadone

In honor of the Red Sox farm system being named #2 overall by Baseball America, I thought I’d post another “On the Horizon” article.

Nick HagadoneNick Hagadone was Boston’s first pick in the 2007 draft (55th overall), taken in the sandwich compensation round. Standing 6′ 5″ and topping out around 95 mph, you have to like this 22-year old lefty’s upside. He has very good command for a lefty, and features three pitches: a fastball with good lateral movement, an above-average slider with good depth, and a developing changeup. Some sources say he’s got another fastball in there, too. This mix allows him to be about equally tough on lefties and righties, and he is being groomed as a starter by the Sox. Has kind of a small, funky delivery for such a big body. In limited time for Low-A Lowell, he posted a 0-1 record and a 1.85 ERA last year, ringing up 33 and walking just 8 in 24 1/3 innings. He only allowed 14 hits, and was very impressive on the mound, but let’s wait until at least High-A before making any pronouncements.

Coming out of Washington University, Hagadone was actually a closer for the Huskies as a junior, going 6-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 72 strikeouts and just 17 walks in 68 1/3 IP in 2007. He did little to distinguish himself before last year’s breakout season, playing in Tim Lincecum’s shadow, but was considered a team leader and pitched in relief, closed and spot started as needed. In the 2006 National Baseball Congress World Series, he seemed to figure something out and went 2-0 with a 1.97 ERA, striking out 34 while walking only two.

The big lefty was born in Idaho, and his parents were both college athletes (football dad and volleyball mom). He wanted to start at Washington, but he loves pitching with the game on the line, and pitches aggressively to hitters. The forecast looks really good for Hagadone, but it’ll be a while yet before we see him at Fenway. Maybe the Futures at Fenway games next year?


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