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The Book on Nick Hagadone
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Nick Hagadone / LHP, CLE
Sumner, WA, USA
37 | 2/1/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (5/19/2013): #831
MiLB.com Season Preview: Unranked or n/a
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Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A big, strong lefthander, Nick Hagadone was the Red Sox first draft pick (a sandwich pick) in 2007. Hagadone's fastball is hard for a lefty: it ticks as high as 96mph and shows good movement. He complements it with a good slider and an above-average straight change. He was Tim Lincecum's closer in college, also making a few spot starts for the Huskies, but the Red Sox were grooming him as a starter until he was shut down for TJ surgery in mid-2008.
He became an Indian as part of the trade that sent Victor Martinez to Boston, then spent a year recovering and another one regaining his stuff. By 2011 he looked almost as good as previously-advertised, at least until he broke his pitching hand while throwing a tantrum in the dugout following a bad outing. He's attempting to come back as a full-time reliever, which really makes us wonder. Do the Indians expect he'll be able to handle the pressure of relief outings any better than starts?
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