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RedSoxtober
08-21-2007, 09:08 AM
Age: 23
Born: June 11, 1984, Lakewood, CA
Height: 6-1
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 9th round, 2005;
29th round, 2002 by Atlanta
How Acquired: Draft
College: UC-Irvine
High School: Mayfair HS (CA)
ETA: mid-2009

Awards
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (May 2006)
South Atlantic League All Star (2006)
2006 SoxProspects.com All-Star - Catcher
2006 SoxProspects.com Breakout Player of the Year
Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month (May 2007)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 1-7, 2007)

Scouting Report: Sturdy catcher's frame. Excellent at throwing runners out and blocking balls in the dirt. Leader, good game caller. Good gap power, makes decent contact at the plate. Could stand to improve his swing mechanics somewhat. No particularly dominant offensive tools, but all are average or above average.

MLB Comparison: Rick Cerone

RedSoxtober
08-22-2007, 09:53 AM
Wagner was named CAL hitter of the week for August 14-20. He celebrated the announcement last night with three hits and four RBI's, leading Lancaster to a 6-4 come-from-behind win.

RedSoxtober
04-15-2008, 09:36 AM
If anyone finds Wagner's bat, please return it to him. He's started the year a paltry .136/.136/.272 at the plate, making it hard to do any more than split time with John Otness (.438/.438./938) at Portland.

RedSoxtober
06-12-2008, 08:47 AM
Wagner got his bat going in May, raising his average just over .270 by month's end, but has cooled off again with a .212 average this month. He's currently sitting at .268. Not bad, but not great for a more offensively minded catcher. He may catch Kottaras on the depth chart soon, but with the much stronger defensive catcher Dusty Brown hitting .289/.391/.851 at AAA his chances of progressing beyond that are dubious.

RedSoxtober
06-26-2008, 08:39 AM
Wagner has been totally lost at the plate for the month of June. He has "hit" .154 over his last ten games to bring his line for the month down to .175/.284/.617 and cumulative line to .246/.335/.735.

If there is good news in that line it's that Wagner is continuing to be patient at the plate despite the weak numbers. He's drawing a walk roughly once every nine at bats, often a good trait for minor league hitters with major league aspirations.

His home/road splits are scary. He is literally twice the hitter at home as on the road.


Entire Season AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
Home Games .341 24 85 15 29 9 0 5 23 9 16 0 0 .418 .624 1.042
Away Games .173 28 110 15 19 3 0 1 9 13 26 0 0 .270 .227 .497

RedSoxtober
07-25-2008, 09:11 AM
Portland catcher Mark Wagner has thrown out an impressive 46.4 percent (26 of 56) of would-be basestealers

Source: Boston Herald