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Jason Hagerty gets reps, game action at first

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Catcher Jason Hagerty is no stranger to first base, though when he arrived in Peoria last month for the start of Spring Training, he wasn't thinking about the position at all.

But with five other catchers in big league camp -- Austin Hedges, Nick Hundley, Yasmani Grandal, Eddy Rodriguez and John Baker -- the Padres asked Hagerty to take some reps at first base in practice.

Also, with James Darnell nursing a sore right oblique, the Padres were down to Yonder Alonso, Jesus Guzman and Kyle Blanks at first base. Hagerty has given them some depth there.

That has led to playing time at first base in Cactus League games, where the ball has already found him on several occasions.

"It's been fun," Hagerty said.

Hagerty said he played first base some in college at the University of Miami (2007-09) before the Padres drafted him in the fifth round in 2009. In fact, his time at first base in college came in his last season as former Hurricane Grandal got most of the time behind the plate.

Hagerty played eight games at first base that summer for short-season Eugene, five games at Class A Fort Wayne in 2010 and 10 games at first base in two Minor League stops the following season.

But Hagerty didn't catch a single game last season with Double-A San Antonio.

"It's a little bit different, because I haven't done it much," Hagerty said. "But I've been getting reps there in practice, so once you get the feeling back, it's a lot easier."

Despite the abundance of playing time at first base, Hagerty, who has a .273/.377/.442 line over his first four seasons, hasn't given up on his true position.

"Catching is still what I love to do," Hagerty said. "But whatever way I can get up [to the big leagues], I'll do it."


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Jason Hagerty Paces Missions

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Catchers Ali Solis and Jason Hagerty were a combined 9-for-11 with three RBI and five runs scored Sunday as Double-A San Antonio scored a 16-2 victory at Arkansas.

Solis (.308) was 5-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. Hagerty, who was the Missions designated hitter Sunday, was 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI.


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Jason Hagerty's walk-off HR lifts Missions

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Missions catcher Jason Hagerty ripped a home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth to lift his team to a 4-3 win over Northwest Arkansas on Monday night at Wolff Stadium.

Hagerty's first home run of the season capped an impressive comeback after the Naturals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

“Everyone says they try to hit a home run, but that's when you wind up playing 15 innings,” said Hagerty, who also singled in the sixth. “I was just trying to get on base.”

First baseman Nate Freiman, who contributed two RBIs for the Missions, said “there was no doubt about that one. That was pretty cool to see.”

The game-winner would have simply tied the score if Hagerty hadn't made a great defensive play at the plate in the top of the ninth.

The Naturals' Christian Colon tried to score from first on a double by Johnny Whittleman, but a strong relay by Missions second baseman Dean Anna went up the third-base line.

Hagerty flagged down the throw, only to miss the initial tag on the sliding Colon. The Naturals shortstop overslid home, however, and Hagerty scurried back and beat him to the plate to keep the score 3-3.

Hagerty sent the first pitch from NW Arkansas pitcher Matt Mariot over the right-field fence to keep the Missions from a 1-4 start.

After spotting the Naturals a 3-0 lead through 51/2 innings, the Missions finally broke through on the scoreboard for the first time in 24 innings.

Freiman had the honors of breaking the drought, reaching on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth.

“I'm not looking to expand the strike zone (in that situation), I'm looking for a ball to hit,” Freiman said. “You can't start thinking too big and try to clear all the bases.”

Missions starter Robbie Erlin, returing to the mound after a left oblique injury, was on a pitch count and made it through 22/3 innings, allowing two runs.

Four pitchers finished the game, with 6-foot-9 right-hander Matt Lollis getting the win.


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Blake Tekotte Optioned, Jason Hagerty Reassigned

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres are down to 48 players in Major League camp, after a handful of moves on Thursday that saw six players optioned and two more reassigned to Minor League camp.

The players who were optioned included pitchers Jose De Paula, Juan Pablo Oramas and Erik Hamren, outfielders Rymer Liriano, Blake Tekotte and infielder Edinson Rincon.

The two players who were reassigned to Minor League camp were left-handed pitcher Robbie Erlin and catcher Jason Hagerty

The eight players will likely start playing in Minor League games beginning on Friday, said Padres manager Bud Black.

This is the second round of camp cuts, as the Padres reassigned five players to Minor League camp on Monday.


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Jason Hagerty Leads the Padres

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Peoria, AZ (Sports Network) - Munenori Kawasaki drove in three runs to help the Seattle Mariners to a 13-7 win over the San Diego Padres.

Dustin Ackley went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Brendan Ryan and Luis Rodriguez each drove in two runs for the Mariners. Hisashi Iwakuma got the win in the start, pitching just one inning and giving up one unearned run.

Jason Hagerty hit a two-run triple and Jaff Decker hit a solo home run for the Padres. Dustin Moseley gave up two runs and two hits over two innings of starting action.


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Jason Hagerty wins friendly catchers competition

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- In an effort to break up the monotony of early camp drills -- and as a way to get in a little extra work -- the seven catchers in Padres camp took to a back field Friday morning.

The catchers participated in a competition to see who rated best in four categories -- blocking balls in the dirt, throwing to the bases, catching popups and then, as a finale, sprints with their full equipment on.

Catching instructor Brad Ausmus calls it the "Catching Olympics."

The winner was Jason Hagerty, who "nipped [Nick] Hundley," manager Bud Black said. John Baker was third in what was deemed a fun competition by Hagerty.

"We had a good time," Hagerty said. "It was a little competitive, but it was fun to be around the group. It was a fun thing to do."

Hagerty, who was the Padres' fifth-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Miami, hit .284 with nine home runs and 65 RBIs in 104 games between Class A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio last season.


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5 proCanes on the San Diego Padres

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Five of the 60 Padres in the major league camp have common roots in the University of Miami.

And the common link between the five is first baseman Yonder Alonso, who played with the other four University of Miami products in the Padres camp.

Alonso played for the Hurricanes from 2006 to 2008 and has a “U” tattoo in the appropriate colors.

Eddy Rodriguez was the first of three current Padres catchers to play at Miami from 2004 to 2006. Jason Hagerty caught for Miami from 2007 to 2009. And Yasmani Grandal caught for Miami from 2008 to 2010.

Blake Tekotte was Miami’s center fielder from 2006 to 2008.


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