A Few More Minor-League Signs

minor leagues signs 2Baseball America released its latest transaction post, and with it comes a few more signings:

LHP Neal Cotts
Irving Falu
Alex Santana

Cotts and Falu are the classic minor-league deals with a non-roster invite to spring training, i.e. longshots who will most likely get mentioned here again when they are released in about eight weeks. They are insurance policies against injuries and folks to push the backups along with the younger players in camp.

It should come as no surprise to learn that Santana is the son of a former major-leaguer (Rafael), continuing the fetish fascination with legacy players. Santana was released at the end of spring training in 2016 by the Dodgers, who drafted him in the 2nd Rd. of the 2011 Draft. He had risen as high as Low-A, but despite his 6’4″, 200-lb size slugged just .324 in 64G at the level in 2015. He did not play professionally last summer, in which he turned 23.


Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

7 thoughts on “A Few More Minor-League Signs”

  1. Luke , you mentioned Cotts and Fulu
    As January low lamp lighted
    Transactions destined for pink slips in 8 weeks. Time will tell .
    But we have seen nats loyal to certain farm OGs even into the next phase of career : coaching .
    What is the status of John Wooten
    Recovering from an injury filled
    2016? Could he inspire himself with camp play to be a saged vet @ Harrisburg in 2017??

  2. Cotts was pretty decent in the majors as recently as 2015 and pitched for Maddux in Texas before that. If the Nats are interested in carrying a third lefty besides Solis and Perez, Cotts and Collins may get long looks on the unfinished fields of West Palm. Cotts will turn 37 before the season, though.

    FWIW, Santana is 6’4″ 200 so probably passed the “looks great in a uniform” test . . . at least until he got into the batter’s box.

    1. How ironic. Expos and Braves trained in PBI from 1969 to???
      Along with dusty baker being on the
      Final WPB Braves in 1968.
      Now nats break dirt and chalk in 2017.

          1. The meaning KW. Florida state league affiliation aside from March camp home near sheraton hotel and Tony Romos

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