Hagadone Set To Make Double-A Debut
The Indians received Hagadone as part of a three player package from the Boston Red Sox last year when they traded All Star catcher Victor Martinez to the Red Sox on July 31st. While the deal also included right-handed pitchers Justin Masterson and Bryan Price going to the Indians, Hagadone was the headliner of the trade as he was one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in the minors because of his powerful fastball that can touch 99 MPH, his promising secondary stuff, and his tenacity on the mound.
Since joining the Indians, Hagadone has pitched well and pretty much lived up to the hype. He joined Low-A Lake County after the trade last year and went 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts (14.2 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 21 K) before finishing the season at High-A Kinston where he made two starts going 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA (5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 6 K).
Even though Hagadone is 24-years old and at a more advanced age, he opened the season in Kinston this year to get more time at an important development level. In addition, since he is coming off Tommy John surgery two years ago and is still on a somewhat restricted pitch count, the Indians wanted him to open the season with a warmer weather team. In ten starts at Kinston this year he went 1-3 with a 2.39 ERA, and in 37.2 innings allowed 28 hits, 29 walks and had 45 strikeouts.
Hagadone has looked good so far this season and now that the reigns are being let go some he is able to pitch deeper into games which could help him build some momentum and carry it through the rest of the season.