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cinreds21
05-04-2011, 03:38 PM
The Cincinnati Reds have signed catcher James Skelton to a minor league deal. Skelton, who was drafted by the Tigers in the 14th round of the 2004 draft, was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 2008 Rule V draft. Before the 2009 season started the Diamondbacks made a deal with the Tigers sending right-handed pitcher Brooks Brown to Detroit so Arizona could keep left-handed hitting catcher in its minor league system and not have to keep in him on the 25-man roster.
Since then Skelton played the 2010 season in the Pirates system, spending most of the year in High-A Bradenton.

camisadelgolf
05-04-2011, 04:28 PM
A lot of people were really wanting the Reds to take him in the rule five draft. I think we can now see why it didn't happen. Something tells me this move is meant to be a precursor to Grandal's promotion to Carolina.

cinreds21
05-04-2011, 04:56 PM
A lot of people were really wanting the Reds to take him in the rule five draft. I think we can now see why it didn't happen. Something tells me this move is meant to be a precursor to Grandal's promotion to Carolina.

Very well could be. That likely makes the most sense.

muddie
05-04-2011, 05:07 PM
A lot of people were really wanting the Reds to take him in the rule five draft. I think we can now see why it didn't happen. Something tells me this move is meant to be a precursor to Grandal's promotion to Carolina.

I hope you're right.

Mario-Rijo
05-04-2011, 05:33 PM
As I recall Skeltons problem was a lack of size/strength/pop, he may yet be a decent player at some point who knows. If not though no biggie he's now in a place loaded with solid legit prospects.

mace
05-04-2011, 06:21 PM
In 2008, at age 22, he posted a .307/.468/.406/.873 in the Florida State League. Awfully good, especially for a catcher. It was his third straight .300/.800 season. But then there's a disconnect. The next year, in the California League--which he should have blown up--he hit .236. Something had to have happened. Last year, he was back in the FSL, hitting okay but not like he did two years before.

Scrap Irony
05-04-2011, 07:29 PM
So he's a Red Skelton?

mace
05-04-2011, 08:14 PM
So he's a Red Skelton?

Now, there's some Scrap irony.

mth123
05-04-2011, 08:18 PM
I was one who wanted the Reds to draft Skelton. He seemed poised to become something similar to what Ryan Hanigan has become. Given Hanigan's late bloom, maybe he still will. IIRC, Skelton could play around the IF. He's worth a look for no cost.

GOYA
05-05-2011, 12:04 AM
He was the skinny guy, right?

redsmetz
05-05-2011, 10:26 AM
So will he go to Bakersfield? It looks like he hasn't played anywhere yet this season. Where has he been?

cinreds21
05-05-2011, 10:34 AM
He just signed a few days ago so right now he's in extended.

mth123
05-05-2011, 11:08 AM
He was the skinny guy, right?

Yep.

Gallen5862
05-05-2011, 10:41 PM
How many option years does James Skelton have left?

cinreds21
05-05-2011, 10:51 PM
How many option years does James Skelton have left?

He's not on the 40.

But to answer your question, all three. He's never been on the 40-man roster if I recall correctly.

Gallen5862
05-06-2011, 03:32 PM
Thanks for the info Cinreds21.

cinreds21
05-06-2011, 03:33 PM
Any time.