Saturday, April 26, 2008

Looking Back At The 2007 Redsox Draft

Nick Hagadone - P - Round 1 - Hagadone had a flat out awesome year in 2007 with short season Single A Lowell. He started 10 games and had a 1.85 ERA. To make matters even better, he had a 1.37 strikeouts per innings ratio. Multiply that over 9 innings and Hagadone averaged more than 12 strikeouts per 9 innings. Word around town is that Hagadone might have to have Tommy John Surgery. With Single A Greenville this year, he pitched 10 innings of shutout baseball, but he just recently suffered an arm injury.

Ryan Dent - 2nd Base - Round 1 - As a hitter, it is quite hard to find a groove when you only play 10 games all season. Dent kind of proved that in 2007 with Lowell. He batted only .178 and had 5 more strikeouts than hits. This year Dent has spent the season in extended spring training in which he plays in exhibition games.

Brock Huntzinger - Pitcher - Round 3 - Huntzinger is a starter, but you wouldn't be able to tell from his 2007 stats. He played for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, which is a rookie league team that is less competitive than Single A Lowell. He started three games and pitched a total of seven innings. He only let up 2 earned runs. This year he is also in extended spring training and what do you know? He might just be pitching some balls to Dent.

Chris Province - Pitcher - Round 4 - The Red Sox must have liked Province so much in his 5.1 innings of shutout baseball in Lowell that they promoted him to the more competitive Single A Greenville. At Greenville, Province was able to pitch significantly more innings and he had mixed results. He went 3-2, but finished with a rather high 4.91 ERA. This year Province is back in Greenville honing up his game. He has 1.93 ERA and has held hitters to only a .203 average. I think it is safe to say that he is on the fast track to Lancaster (Single A Advanced)

Will Middlebrooks - Shortstop - Round 5 - Middlebrooks was drafted right out of high school. The Sox didn't want to rush him to professional baseball right away, so they decided to let him sit out the rest of the 2007 season. Right now he is in extended spring training.

Rounds 6-12 will be featured in another segment of "Looking Back" sometime in May.

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