Dodgers Sign a Bunch Of Guys You’ve Never Heard Of

This is a "Justn Souza", apparently, via MWLguide

This is a “Justin Souza”, apparently, via MWLguide

A few minor-league signings for a Saturday night, which is a great place to dump some news about guys you’ve never heard of and likely never will again. Why? Because it’s November 16, that’s why.

* Earlier this week, catcher J.C. Boscan signed a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, aka, “remember last year when it was all Ramon Castro this and Jesus Flores that?” Boscan turns 34 the day after Christmas, and spent most of his 17 (!!) minor league seasons in the Atlanta organization before spending last year in Triple-A with the Cubs. He’s made it in 17 big-league games total, seeing playing time in each of the last four seasons with Atlanta & Chicago, and it was a kind of interesting story when he finally made it to the bigs in 2010. As you might have guessed, he cannot hit in any way (.223/.308/.304 in the minors) and exists only to add some spring training depth and as insurance in case the out-of-options Drew Butera somehow doesn’t make it through waivers.

* 28-year-old four-corners guy Jamie Romak has also joined the organization, with a July 1 opt-out. He’s gone unclaimed in the Rule V draft at least once, and has never made it to the bigs, so that should tell you something about him. He hit 22 homers for St. Louis’ Triple-A team last year, along with a ton of strikeouts, but the Albuquerque roster is so thin that having someone with positional flexibility is worthwhile.

* Another signing: reliever Justin Souza, an eight-year veteran of the Seattle, Oakland, and Detroit organizations, who turned 28 last month. He was, um, once traded for Jack Hannahan! So.. there’s that! Souza started out in Double-A last year, moved up to Triple-A, but was so awful (10.29 ERA in 12 games), that he went right back. So… there’s also that.

*  Juan Gonzalez — not that one, sadly — is also in the mix after seven years in the Colorado organization. The righty reliever is only 24 in April, so there’s youth there, but hasn’t made it out of Double-A yet, and doesn’t appear to have strikeout stuff.

* This one’s a little older, but former Cleveland prospect Fabio Martinez was signed several weeks ago. He’s got almost no ability to hit the plate, though he’s at least a semi-interesting project, as Chad Moriyama detailed.

We’ll keep track of the NRIs in our organizational depth chart. At the moment, only Boscan has been confirmed to get a camp invite.

297 comments
KMT59
KMT59

been up for two hours now...got rid of google + @johnM 

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I really need to start going to bed earlier.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

i really hate what youtube did to the comments section u cant see what people r replying to anymore

KMT59
KMT59

My son's starting to stir...Night all

deBlueProgeny
deBlueProgeny

Off season blues....or productivity? I cannot tell.

KMT59
KMT59

Since my son comes first in all TV except my Dodgers...I just finished watching SC beat Stanford...great game 

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I've been watching Community bloopers for 45 minutes.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@DBrim check your mentions, I would've DM'd you, but twitter is having a link dm issue. why are you awake? 

KMT59
KMT59

@PagansOedipalComplex @KMT59 I've been watching Pat Haden since 1967 he was a senior at my high school when my brother was a freshman...my mom graduated UCLA when she was 65

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@DBrim @SpaceDodger (math cat) actually, lovejoy may not be visible to us anymore. Brewington is now visible around 8PM with a magnitude of 9.05. Magnitudes of 6.50 and lower is visible to the naked human eye (the lower the magnitude, the brighter it is). 

Lovejoy will be 48º above the horizon around 3:35am with a magnitude of 8.20. That's... not bad. Unless you're in city lights. 

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@Mike Petriello @PFP 2016 I've currently got wine, good beer, shitty beer, and whiskey swimming through my system. Good times now, shitty times in 6-7 hours.

Lobo
Lobo

@Dodgers' 7th Ring @Lobo This is surreal.  The audience thinks its part of the sketch but it's so obvious Kaufman is being serious

KMT59
KMT59

@PagansOedipalComplex @KMT59 I was actually still in grammer school at the time but he hooked up with JK McKay and they were awesome...Richie McKay was in a couple of my classes freshman year before his dad moved to Tampa bay the next year

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@DBrim oh you lucky jerk. It's in transit for you around there and will be 82º above the horizon at 3:35. I'm insanely jealous. 

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@steelmohawk @SpaceDodger (math cat) @DBrim I was just reading about it. Best time to view it right now is at 10:18, where it'll have a magnitude of 4.69. I don't have a sun filter, it's too bright then. Even then, it only reaches 49º with a gradual slope, so it'll be hard to find earlier.