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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 15, 2017

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Next Man Up In Bullpen May Be Hagadone

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Sean Tuttle

With injuries already taking a precedent at spring training, Nick Hagadone will be considered the first option to move from AAA Columbus to the Tribe bullpen if any injuries or lack of performance take place. As it stands today, Hagadone probably has an Opening Day roster spot, but things could change quickly during camp.

Hagadone, the 26-year old lefty from Sandpoint, ID, was first drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 36th round of the 2004 amateur draft, but he did not sign. Three years later, after attending Bellevue Community College and the University of Washington, he was drafted in the first round, 55th pick overall by the Boston Red Sox. In 2009, he was traded to the Indians along with Justin Masterson and Bryan Price for Victor Martinez.

Since 2009, Hagadone has steadily climbed the ranks of the minor league system and made his major league debut last season on September 1, with the expansion of the rosters. He appeared in nine games with the Tribe posting a 1-0 record and obtaining a 4.09 ERA in only 11 innings of work. He also struck out 11 and walked six while hitting one batter. Last year he had a shared ERA of 2.79 in 46 games between AA Akron and AAA Columbus.

Tribe skipper Manny Acta was quoted by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com this week saying that reliever Frank Herrmann has, “a bit of a leg up” over the rest of the competition for the final two bullpen spots.

I believe that Hagadone will be the next man up, if he doesn’t win the last spot in the opening day bullpen, or if Chris Perez’s current oblique injury is more serious than the Tribe is currently claiming.

Hagadone will be a key member to watch out for this season. I won’t be the least bit surprised to see his number called up multiple times this season. Let’s just hope the lefty can produce at the big league level like he has in the minors.

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