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Blessed with a mid-90s fastball
and a biting slider, Craig Hansen may be the first of the 2005 draft class to
reach the major leagues. Taken by the Red Sox as the 26th pick overall, Hansen
made his professional debut last night for Double-A
Hansen, a dominant closer this
Hansen, who signed on July 23,
debuted after making two appearances in the
On his first professional start: "There were definitely a few nerves, but I kept my composure. That's always a big part of it. It felt like my velocity and command were there. I felt solid. It felt great to be back on the mound, and I feel like I did my job."
On being assigned to Double-A
On his slider, which he's thrown as hard as 90 mph: "I threw two or three last night, and it felt good. It took a few pens to regain the feel for it after the lay-off, but it's there. I'm not sure how hard I was throwing it. I don't pay much attention to the numbers."
On developing his changeup: "I'm working on it every day. I'm long-tossing with it, and trying to build up the muscle-memory and get a permanent feel. It's getting close to where I need it to be, to where I can be consistent with it. It's a pitch I want to use to complement my fastball and slider, even as a closer."
On whether his future is as a starter or as closer: "That's really up to the Red Sox. I don't really
know. We'll wait until the offseason and talk about it then. I went seven
innings in my last game at
On joining baseball’s biggest rivalry: "Half of my family are Yankee fans, and the other half Mets fans. But in college, I became more and more of a baseball fan than a fan of just one team. I've come to Fenway a few times, and have been amazed by the passion. It will be a thrill to pitch there. When I do, I'm not going to change anything. I'm just going to go with what works for me mentally. I'm composed on the mound, and that's one reason I'm here right now."
• The quote of the night came from Triple-A Indianapolis
second baseman Bobby Hill, who
apparently hasn't gotten the big leagues out of his system: "Is this Webb guy
we're facing Brandon Webb—the guy
from the Diamondbacks?" Although Brandon Webb actually did pitch last night, he
was facing the Marlins in
• If there's one thing the White Sox organization has, it's
outfielders. The best one might be Brian
Anderson, the 2003 first-round pick out of
• Speaking of White Sox outfielders,
• If the Red Sox need him in the bullpen down the stretch, Jon Papelbon appears to be ready. The former Mississippi State closer (12 saves combined in 2002-2003) got his first professional save with three perfect innings in Pawtucket's 4-1 win at Scranton/Wilkes Barre last night, striking out four in the process.
• Astros righthander Jason
Hirsh limited Double-A Wichita to a pair of runs on six hits while striking
out nine and walking none over 8 1/3 innings in
"He did a hell of a job when I saw him," a scout with an American League club said of Hirsh last month. "He's improved his secondary pitches, his slider and changeup. He's athletic and reminds me of (Rangers righthander) Chris Young. He holds his velocity, too—I had him throwing up to 94 in the late innings."
• Four San Jose Giants had three-hit games in a 13-10 loss
• Padres catcher Colt
Morton went deep again a day after hitting two home runs for high Class A
Lake Elsinore. It was his sixth homer in the Cal League and 16th of the year
between low Class A Fort Wayne and
• White Sox righthander Lance
Broadway, their first-round pick in June out of Texas Christian, threw six
shutout innings while striking out seven in high Class A Winston-Salem's 3-1
• Tigers outfielder Jeff
Frazier is picking up steam as the year goes along. He had his third
straight two-hit game in a 10-3 win Thursday against
• Homer Bailey
won his duel with fellow 2004 first-round pick Eric Hurley last night, dominating
• Eli Iorg went
0-for-4 yesterday in
• Slumping former
• Yesterday we mentioned that Rookie-level
• Finally, two corrections from yesterday's Dish: Taylor Teagarden had two home runs among his three hits Wednesday, and we had the wrong Romero at high Class A Dunedin. It was lefty Davis Romero, not first-round pick Ricky, with the 11 strikeouts in six innings. In fact, Davis Romero has 45 strikeouts in his last 42 2/3 innings.
Contributing: Chris Kline.
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