Baseball America‘s Matt Eddy, in a series of tweets, brings us a few more Dodger minor league signings, and there’s actually some interesting names in here. We’ve already talked about Sam Demel and Josh Bell, and Juan Abreu was in the organization last year, so let’s go down the list of the rest, with 2014 age, knowing that most of these guys will be at Albuquerque or nowhere at all.
RH Drew Carpenter, 29: Carpenter was a second round pick of the Phillies back in 2006, and since then — almost entirely through waivers or free agency — he’s bounced through the systems of Philadelphia, San Diego, Toronto, New York (Mets), Chicago (Cubs), Colorado, Anaheim, and Oakland. Most of that came last year along, since he started the year with the Cubs, then kept getting released; he played for two Triple-A and two Double-A clubs last year. Between 2008-12, he managed to get into 23 games for the Phillies, Padres, and Blue Jays.
In BP 2013, this is what he got:
Andrew Carpenter is a low-velocity sinker-slider guy who doesn’t walk or strike anyone out in the minors, but has done a whole bunch of both while also giving up numerous long balls in brief stints in the majors.
RH Josh Judy, 28: Any time a 34th round pick can get into 12 games in the bigs, as Judy did for Cleveland in 2011, it’s a success, and he was briefly a notable name after going 12-1 in the minors in 2008, because, you know, wins. By last year, he was in independent league ball, then saw time at two levels of the Angels organization. With a solid fastball, he’s struck out more than a man per inning in parts of seven minor league seasons, but as is so often the case, has had some control issues. He’s reportedly a flyball pitcher, so he’ll have fun in the PCL.
LH Jack McGeary, 25: This one actually is interesting to me, because I remember McGeary’s story when he was drafted. As this 2011 Washington Post article explains, McGeary had the unique arrangement of going to Stanford at the same time he pitched in the Nationals system. Sidelined by 2010 Tommy John surgery and the split lifestyle, he’s 25 in March and hasn’t made it past Single-A. He’s the longest of long shots, but he was pretty highly regarded out of high school, so he’s pretty fun zero-risk guy to watch.
RH Josh Ravin, 26: When I saw this come out the other day, I tweeted something along the lines of how a guy with a 6.1 BB/9 and 5.30 ERA in parts of eight minor league seasons being the perfect fit for Albuquerque. Then Ravin replied to me on Twitter, saying how happy he was to be in the organization. I always like a player who is active on social media, so I hope it works out. But… the numbers say otherwise.
RH Henry Sosa, 28: Part of the huge Jeff Keppinger deal between Houston & San Francisco in 2011, Sosa actually made 10 starts for the 2011 Astros. As FanGraphs said at the time, “he’s alive, which is about the only requirement for Houston these days.” He spent 2013 putting up a 5.47 ERA in Korea, so there’s that.
RH Romulo Sanchez, 30: The only Romulo to ever pitch in the big leagues, Sanchez was actually signed by the Dodgers back in 2002, but doesn’t appear to have appeared for any of their minor league teams before being released in 2004. Since then he’s made it into 28 games for the Pirates (2007-08) and Yankees (2010), was in Japan in 2011, had a 6.31 ERA in 51.1 Triple-A innings for Tampa in 2012, and made it into eight Mexican League games in 2013. Listed at 270 pounds, Sanchez throws hard — at least he did — but not so much that BP 2011 couldn’t joke about him:
In a previous life, Romulo Sanchez was a Mississippi River paddlewheel steamboat named the Belle of Maracay, and he happily ferried passengers up and down from Davenport to Natchez. Out of options, the fastballer will either make the team or sail on to another port.
LH Fu-Te Ni, 31: Ni showed promise in 2009 with Detroit, even if his 2.61 ERA didn’t match his 4.16 FIP or 4.94 xFIP, then kind of fell apart in 2010. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since, though with a .184/.296/.327 career line against lefties, seems like he could be a LOOGY type. Detroit cut him from the minors in 2013, and I can’t find anything that says he pitched anywhere in 2013. As you can see, he pitches from something close to a sidearm angle: