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Padres Prospect Interview: Matt Hagen

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Matt Hagen came to the San Diego Padres system from the Seattle Mariners by way of the Independent Leagues. "It is like a new baseball life," he said.

Originally selected in the 12th round of the 2002 draft by the Mariners, Matt Hagen struggled playing for High-A Inland Empire last year and ended up in New Jersey playing a number of positions in the Independent Leagues. A week before spring training, Hagen came out for a tryout camp and was signed by the Padres – to play catcher. Although he has seen time at third base, first base and...

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