Sunday, December 19, 2004

Luke Hagerty Report

Luke Hagerty, LHP, Florida Marlins
Drafted 23nd Overall, 2002 Draft, Ball State
Bats R/Throws L
23 YO, 6'7", 230 lbs

Hagerty was drafted by the Orioles in the Rule 5 and traded to the Marlins for a player to be named later. He was drafted in the supplemental first round by the Cubs and blew away the Northwest League in 2002 with a 1.12 ERA, 50 K's and 15 walks in 48 innings. He had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2003, but returned late in 2004, splitting 22 2/3 innings between the Arizona Rookie League and the Northwest League. As he recovers, he stands a good chance of being a pretty nice young pitcher. He was seen as an advanced prospect when he was drafted. He performed very well in his debut. And Tommy John has a very good track record. He's one of the safest picks in this year's Rule 5. I think he'll stick on the Marlins roster, and if he doesn't, then another team might inquire as to his availability. Also of note, even if he doesn't work out in 2005, he's the kind of pitcher who usually get half a dozen chances before they finally gives up on him. He's a really big lefty with a fastball and a slider. Scouts go crazy for that kind of thing.

ETA: Opening Day
3 Stars

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