RiverHawks sign former top prospect Hagerty
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June 19, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks have landed one of the top collegiate pitching prospects to hit the major-league draft this decade.

The RiverHawks announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher Luke Hagerty. Hagerty, 26, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the sandwich round between the first and second rounds of the 2002 draft. At No. 32 overall, he is the highest-drafted player ever to join the RiverHawks.

Hagerty was part of a dominant starting rotation at Ball State University. The No. 1 overall pick that year, Pittsburgh’s Bryan Bullington, was in Ball State’s rotation as well. In 2002, Hagerty was 7-4 with a 3.04 earned-run average and 92 strikeouts in 83 innings. He was a Mid-American Conference all-star.

He missed the entire 2003 season because of Tommy John surgery. In parts of four professional season, Hagerty has a 5-9 record, a 5.60 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings.

In other roster moves announced Tuesday, the RiverHawks activated catcher Justus Kimbrough (strained left oblique) from the 14-day disabled list, placed pitcher Ryan Brnardic (muscle fatigue) on the DL, and released pitcher Drew Himes. Himes had no record and a 12.27 ERA in three appearances.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 15th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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