It’s mostly quiet on the minor-league front, but since our last post there have a been a few signings:
- UT Andres Blanco (Texas)
- RHP Jeff Fulchino (Houston/San Diego)
- 2B Manny Mayorson (Toronto)
- OF Jason Michaels (Houston)
- 1B/3B Tim Pahuta (re-signed)
- RHP Luis Chirinos (McAllen, NAL)
- RHP Marcel Prado (Margarita, VWL)
- IF-OF Chad Tracy (Japan, ’11; Cubs/Marlins, ’10)
- OF Xavier Paul (L.A. Dodgers, Pittsburgh)
As you can see, most of these moves fall into either the category of roster-filling or spring-training competition. Unfortunately, I am also awaiting the inevitable BA transaction post in which we’ll learn about some of the releases and retirements.
In other news…
Byron Kerr has tweeted that he expects an announcement regarding the minor-league coaching staffs early next week. I’ve heard nothing definitive elsewhere.
Lastly, there are rumblings from Hagerstown about upgrading Municipal Stadium (or else). Our favorite Hagerstown blogger makes some very good points in his latest post (and open letter) to the county officials.
UPDATE: Baseball America has issued its latest transaction update, and in red are two names that were added. Both pitched in the Venezuela Winter League on the same pitching staff as Ryan Tatusko this offseason. Chirinos pitched in the independent North American League this past summer, while Prado pitched in the Golden Baseball League in 2010.
UPDATE #2: A few more minor-league signings in blue, with the requisite invite to spring training (plus Brett Carroll), which was also extended to Sandy Leon, Cory Brown, and Rafael Martin.