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Luke Hagerty out-threw everyone at Driveline Pro Day. The Cubs should sign him.

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A minor-league deal has zero risk.

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Last weekend I wrote about Luke Hagerty, the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2002, throwing 97-98 miles per hour at the Driveline Pro Camp, and said the Cubs should sign him to a minor-league contract.

Comments were mixed. Some said there was no risk in doing this; others said that he’s 37, never pitched above A ball, and is trying a comeback after more than a decade out of baseball.

The latter part of that is surely true, and in my view so is the first part.

Here are the velocity and spin rate results from the Driveline Pro Camp:

A 96.9 mile per hour average by Hagerty was the highest of any pitcher who threw for Driveline. His spin rate ranked third. There are several former big-league pitchers in that list: Joe Beimel, David Carpenter (not clear whether that’s this guy or this guy), Daniel Moskos (who was in Cubs camp in 2017) and Tyler Matzek.

Seriously, the Cubs should sign Hagerty to a minor-league deal with a NRI to spring training. If he can’t get hitters out, he gets released with no financial hit. If he can... well then, send him to Iowa to see how he handles the rigors of a full baseball season. It’s possible, with that velocity, that he can get big-league lefthanded hitters out, even at age 37 and with a decade out of the game. Several teams reportedly expressed interest in Hagerty after this session, including the Diamondbacks. I hope the Cubs were one of those teams as well.

I’ve already gone on record with this, and the reason I’m bringing it up again is to show you the results, which are more than just “throwing one pitch at 97.” If you’re against the signing, I’d like to hear a reason other than that or that he’s 37. It literally would be a low-risk, high-reward type of signing.

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  • 88%
    Sure, sign him! That velocity looks really good!
    (464 votes)
  • 11%
    Too old, too many years out of the game. Forget it.
    (63 votes)
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