Hagadone Set For Fenway Park Debut

July 18, 2007

Former Husky pitcher Nick Hagadone will become the latest former Washington baseballer to begin his professional career when he makes his debut at Fenway Park this Friday. Hagadone, who was slated to start on the mound earlier last Sunday for the Lowell (Mass.) Spinners of the New York-Penn League (short-season A ball), had his intended debut game rained out.

Instead, he'll pitch this Friday (July 20) when the Spinners take on Williamsport in a special game that will be played at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, who selected Hagadone with their first pick in the 2007 MLB Draft, the 55th pick overall.

Hagadone joins 21 former Husky baseball players currently toiling in organized, affiliated baseball. Four other UW alums dot the rosters of independent-league baseball. Here's a look at former Washington baseball players currently in professional baseball (as of July 18, 2007):

Major League Baseball:

Tim Lincecum, RHP, San Francisco Giants
Todd Linden, OF, Florida Marlins
Sean White, RHP, Seattle Mariners (disabled list)

Minor League Baseball (with level, league and affiliation):

Harrison Bishop, RHP, State College Spikes (SS-A, NYP, Pirates)
Johnny DuRocher, RHP, AZL Mariners (R, AZL, Mariners)
Jay Garthwaite, OF, Chattanooga Lookouts (AA, SOU, Reds)
Nick Hagadone, LHP, Lowell Spinners (SS-A, NYP, Red Sox)
Ben Johnson, C, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A, CAL, Angels)
Shawn Kohn, RHP, Midland RockHounds (AA, TEX, A's)
Matt Lane, 1B, Lansing Lugnuts (A, MID, Blue Jays)
Richie Lentz, RHP, Greenville Drive (A, SAL, Red Sox)
Brent Lillibridge, SS, Richmond Braves (AAA, INT, Braves)
Tyler Mach, 2B, Williamsport Crosscutters (SS-A, NYP, Phillies)
Brandon McKerney, RHP, Everett Aquasox (SS-A, NWL, Mariners)
D.J. Neyens, C, AZL Brewers (R, AZL, Brewers)
John Otness, C, Portland Seadogs (AA, EAS, Red Sox)
Kyle Parker, RHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A, MID, Mariners)
Curt Rindal, 1B, Helena Brewers (R, PIO, Brewers)
Matthew Tucker, IF, Bluefield Orioles (R, APP, Orioles)

Additionally, former Huskies Zach Clem (Brewers) and Grant Gerrard (Rangers) are still listed with their organizations, but are not currently active.

Independent Baseball:

David Dowling, LHP, Rockford (Ill.), Frontier League
Bryan Johnson, IF, Chillicothe (Ohio), Frontier League
Jeff Heaverlo, RHP, Long Beach (Calif.), Golden League
Mike Done, 2B, Reno (Nev.), Golden League (inactive)

For updates on Huskies in the minor leagues, use the search tool at Minor League Baseball's official site: milb.com.

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