June 7, 2007
SEATTLE - Washington pitcher Nick Hagadone was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 55th overall pick in today's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Hagadone, a junior lefty from Sumner, Wash., was Boston's first pick as the the Red Sox did not have a first-round selection. Hagadone was chosen in the first compensation round, which falls between the official first and second rounds.
Hagadone, who was named first-team All-Pac-10 this season, was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 36th round of the 2004 draft after his senior season at Sumner High. In 2007, Hagadone spent most of the college season as the Huskies' closer. Over 25 appearances, he went 6-1 with a 2.77 earned run average and 11 saves. In 68 and one-third innings, he allowed 62 hits and only 17 walks while striking out 72.
As a sophomore in 2006, the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder, combined with Tim Lincecum on a no-hitter vs. Santa Clara. Hagadone pitched the final three innings of that game, retiring all nine batters he faced for the first no-hit game by the UW since 1985 and the first nine-inning Husky no-hitter since 1978.
As the 55th overall pick, Hagadone became the fourth-highest selection ever for a player out of the UW. Last season, Lincecum was the 10th overall selection by the Giants. In 1999, the Mariners chose Jeff Heaverlo with the 33rd pick and in 1991, shortstop Kevin Stocker was drafted by the Phillies with the 53rd selection.
The draft, which only completed five rounds Thursday (last year, there were 18 rounds on the first day) continues Friday with 45 more rounds yet to go. Several more Huskies are likely to be drafted Friday.