Nov 062012
 

Well, it’s that time of year in the minors when we find out which of the veterans have become free agents. Some of these guys will re-sign, some will retire, ans some will move on. Without further ado…

CATCHERS
AAA – James Skelton

INFIELDERS
AAA – Mark Teahen, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Manny Mayorson, Jim Negrych
AA – Tim Pahuta, Seth Bynum
High-A – Brent Greer

OUTFIELDERS

AAA – Jason Michaels, Jesus Valdez
Low-A – Angelberth Montilla

LHPs
AAA – Atahualpa Severino
AA – Michael Ballard, Cory VanAllen

RHPs
AAA – Erik Arnesen, Mitch Atkins, Jeff Fulchino, Waldis Joaquin, Mike MacDougal
AA – Jimmy Barthmaier, Kevin Pucetas, Zech Zinicola
High-A – Adam Carr
Low-A – Wilson Eusebio

That’s 24 this year, down slightly from last year’s 26. Overall, some 549 players became FAs, up from 537 last year and 534 in 2010. This year’s first-time free agents include Nats 2006 draft picks Arnesen, VanAllen, Zinicola, ’06 IFAs Montilla and Eusebio (originally signed by Pittsburgh), and a 2004 NDFA (Severino).

Earlier this offseason, the Nats resigned veteran backstops Carlos Maldonado and Jeff Howell. It’s possible that one or two others have been signed, as the last transactions post from Baseball America covered the period of Oct. 16-23, and the granting of free agency took place on November 3rd.

UPDATE
As predicted, there were a couple of organizational soldiers re-enlisting in the latest transaction post from Baseball America:
• OF Chris Rahl
• IF Josh R. Johnson

Also in that dispatch, the signing of RHRP Francisco Samuel, a turning-26-in-December former prospect from the St. Louis organization who was released this past March after posting a 12.21 ERA in an injury-shortened 2011. If you haven’t guessed it by now, when healthy the Dominican throws in the mid-90s (touching 98), piles up the K’s (11.4/9IP) but has had control problems (career 8.6 BB/9IP) and an array of injuries (hip, lat).

  5 Responses to “Minor League Free Agents”

  1. If the Nationals’ organization re-signs Wilson Eusebio, then they deserve to lose every game at every level for the rest of time.

  2. The 2 that stand out here are Adam Carr & Cory VanAllen.
    With pitchers you never know when the light bulb goes on or the arm troubles get under control.

    • VanAllen will most likely get another chance. Carr will probably have go the indys to either prove his health or (we should be so lucky) give a go at trying to be a knuckleballer. But both are at the age where they might have to hang ‘em up (hence the picture).

  3. Ladson is also reporting that Jimmy Van Ostrand has re-signed with the Nats

    • Worth noting

      • The Nationals have re-signed outfielder Chris Rahl and infielder/outfielder Jimmy Van Ostrand to Minor League contracts. Both players played for Harrisburg this past season. Rahl hit .291 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs, while Van Ostrand hit .310 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs.

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