Atlantic League signings, transactions March 5-9
As the start to the Atlantic League season is getting closer and closer, the pace of week-to-week signings has seemed to have ratcheted up lately. Here are the signings and transactions across the league from the past week:
YORK REVOLUTION: Signed C Travis Scott, SS Danny Gonzalez
Scott’s best seasons were from 2007 to 2009, when he hit at least .270 or better at the Seattle Mariners’ Class High-A team High Desert. He started 2010 with Rockford, of the independent Northern League, by hitting .300 with five homers and 29 RBIs before being picked up by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Before even playing for the Angels, though, the Pirates selected Scott in the Rule 5 draft that season. Scott, who turns 27 in late April, only played 13 games last season because of an injury, but it sounds like he has recovered after playing winter ball in Australia.
This season will mark Gonzalez’s sixth in the Atlantic League. Gonzalez, 30, has a career .294 batting average in the Atlantic League in a combined 484 games. Playing for the Atlantic League’s Road Warriors last season, Gonzalez batted .289 with four homers and 37 RBIs in 95 games for the Road Warriors.
York now has 12 players under contract for the 2012 season. To check out more information on the signings, click here.
BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH: Signed RHP Raymar Diaz, acquired rights to 1B Daryl Jones from the San Angelo Colts (North American League) in exchange for future considerations
Diaz, 28, returns to the Bridgeport Bluefish for the second consecutive season. The 6-foot-7 former Houston Astros prospect has played indy ball the past three seasons. With the Bluefish in 2011, Diaz posted a 10-1 record and 4.12 ERA in 13 starts. He struck out 55 batters over the of 83 innings pitched.
Jones, 25, if a former San Diego Padres prospect who has accumulated a career .298 batting in indy ball the last four seasons. Last season, Jones led San Angelo, of the independent North American League, in home runs (28) and RBIs (90) and finished second in batting average (.345). He also had 11 stolen bases. Should the Bluefish sign Jones, it will mark his first time playing in the Atlantic League.
LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS: Signed C Francisco Hernandez, OF Fehlandt Lentini, OF Ryan Harvey, SS Jesus Merchan, acquired rights to INF Brad Boyer from Gary SouthShore Railcats (American Association) in exchange for future considerations
Hernandez, 26, is a former Chicago White Sox prospect who spent the last three years playing for Las Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League before returning to the United States last year with Rio Grande Valley, of the independent North American League,where he went 6-for-31 at the plate (.194) with five RBIs in just eight games.
Lentini, 34, is a veteran outfielder who has spent the last eight seasons playing indy ball (if you don’t include the Mexican League, where he has played in parts of two seasons. The Mexican League is technically considered Class AAA). In 91 combined games last year split between the independent American Association teams Amarillo and Winnipeg, Lentini batted .307 with six homers and 64 RBIs.
Harvey, 27, is a slugging outfielder and former first round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 2003 draft. The sixth overall selection that year, Harvey went on to put up monstrous numbers. In 2005, Harvey launched 24 homers and drove in 100 runs for Class A Peoria and followed that up with 20 more homers and 84 RBI the following year with Class A Daytona. Despite the impressive numbers, Harvey has a career minor league batting average of .244 and strikes out a ton.
Merchan, who will turn 31 later this month, has a career .296 batting average over 13 professional seasons. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Twins, Merchan has played in minor league systems of eight different teams and topped out at Class AAA. Last season, he batted .301 with a homer and 28 RBIs in a combined 84 games split between Class New Orleans (Marlins) and Class AAA Colorado Springs (Rockies). This year will mark his first playing indy ball.
Boyer, 28, is a former San Francisco Giants prospect who hit .348 with 10 homers and 68 RBIs for the Railcats in 2011.
SOMERSET PATRIOTS: Signed RHP Robert Mosebach, RHP Paul Phillips, 1B Jesse Hoorelbeke
Hoorelbeke, 34, is a big pickup for the Patriots. Somerset acquired Hoorelbeke from the Laredo Lemurs, of the independent American Association, exchange for a player to be named later. The slugging firstbaseman returns to the Atlantic League for the first time since 2009. He played for the Bridgeport Bluefish all of the 2007 season, part of the 2008 season and all of 2009, compiling a .293 batting average in a total of 363 games. He earned the 2007 Atlantic League Co-Player Of The Year honors by batting .313 with 33 home runs, and 94 RBI. Playing for Fargo-Moorhead, of the independent American Association, in 2011, Hoorelbeke batted .295 with 15 homers and 75 RBIs.
Mosebach, 27, is a right-handed reliever who appeared in the majors for three games with the Los Angeles Angels in in 2009, compiling a 7.71 ERA by surrendering two earned on four hits in 2.1 innings. He owns a career 41-33 record with a 3.99 ERA in the minors, although he did start his career as a starter until switching to a reliever in 2009.
Phillips, 28, is also a reliever who owns a career 29-20 record and 3.92 ERA in seven minor league seasons as a prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays and later Tampa Bay Rays. In 2011, Phillips went 1-1 with a 12.71 ERA in six apperances at Class AAA Durham (Rays) and 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 35 games (one start) at Class AA Montgomery (Rays).
For more info on the signings, click here. The Patriots now have 13 players under contract for the 2012 campaign.
SOUTHERN MARYLAND: Signed RHP Dan Reichert, SS Travis Garcia
Reichert, 35, is a former major leaguer who returns to the Blue Crabs for the first time since 2010. Reichert has a big league record of 21-25, 5.55 ERA in 124 total games (51 starts) played in parts of seasons from 1999 to 2003 with the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays. This will mark his fifth season in the Atlantic League. With Southern Maryland in 2010, Reichert went 18-9 with a 3.95 ERA in 29 starts.
Entering his tenth professional season, Garcia will re-join the Blue Crabs for his fifth season with the club, after appearing in 19 games to end the regular season in 2008. Garcia started off red hot in 2011, hitting nine homers in the month of May, until he was signed by the Saltillo Sarape Makers of the Mexican League to leave a dent in the Blue Crabs offense in the month of June. He would re-join the team in August, and his return was automatically felt as he hit .293 with six homers and 18 RBI. Garcia hit 18 homers last year, the most hit by anyone on the Blue Crabs roster in 2011.