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Catching On Quickly

Alex Speier -Premium Content

The Red Sox hoped they had found their catcher of the future in the 2005 draft. That still may prove to be the case, but not in the way they originally expected. Boston took Jon Egan in the second round, but he struggled with injuries throughout his short professional career and retired in March. But Mark Wagner, plucked out of UC Irvine in the ninth round, has shown an advanced all-around game in his early pro career.

Majors | #2008#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Change For The Better

Alex Speier -Premium Content

The low-90s fastball and sweeping slider had already elicited swings and misses. But it was Nick Hagadone's final pitch in an intrasquad game this spring that stood out. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound lefthander spun a changeup that left a righthanded-hitting minor leaguer lunging. Catcher Luis Exposito greeted the pitcher enthusiastically in the dugout.

Majors | #2008#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Red Sox Organization Report

John Tomase -Premium Content

Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter. Jacoby Ellsbury got 116 big league at-bats, hitting .353/.394/.509 and prompting his inclusion on the postseason roster. Justin Masterson plowed his way to Double-A in his first season, and Bubba Bell and Aaron Bates put up mad numbers in the thin air of high Class A Lancaster.

Majors | #2007#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports