Weekly Wroundtable: Which Cleveland Indians’ player will improve most?

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Jul 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Nick Hagadone (50) pitches in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins win 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Can Nick Hagadone finally be a shutdown reliever?

Katrina Putnam: My pick for most improved would be Nick HagadoneI can’t think of how many times I’ve felt like Hagadone was the least likely to improve, but I’m finally buying into the hype. The lefty has pitched four innings of run-less, hit-less, walk-less baseball, striking out three of the 12 batters that he’s faced. Last season with Cleveland, he struck out nearly 30 percent of batters and walked just 6.6 percent — the highest strikeout rate of his career, but also a walk rate that was nearly half that of any prior season. Combine that with a 3.26 FIP and a 2.70 ERA, and Hagadone seems primed for an even bigger 2015.

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