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    Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Cincinnati Reds
    Signed RHP Eric Junge
    Signed RHP Tom Shearn
    Signed RHP George Wilkerson
    Signed C Dan Conway
    Signed C Miguel Perez
    Signed SS Enrique Cruz
    Signed SS Aaron Herr
    Signed SS Anderson Machado
    Released RHP Rainer Feliz
    Released RHP Luis Moya
    Released LHP Arian Cruz
    Released C Javier Rumbos
    Released SS Yoni Lasso
    Released OF Philip Gentry
    Released OF Maikol Mesa
    OF Brandon Watson elected for free agency


    Quick rundown:

    Junge, 29, former Phillies prospect who washed out following arm surgery. Spent 2005 pitching well at AAA Norfolk (Mets) but got flogged as a swingman in '06 for AAA Portland (SD). I remember Junge being a candidate to come to the Reds in one of the '04 trades, but we ended up with Elizardo Ramirez. Good thing.

    Shearn you know. Good to see him back. He's a solid AAA workhorse who can do a little of everything. Maybe he'll even get a Hopper-style chance this time around.

    Wilkerson (known as Wes), 30, former Royals NDFA who pitched mopup with AAA Albuquerque (Florida) in 2006. He must have a big fastball or something, because his numbers aren't great for a guy who keeps getting contracts.

    Conway, 27, a Rockies six-year FA with a lifetime .238/.322/.351 line despite getting to play in some very charitable home parks (Colorado Springs, Tulsa). I assume he's a defensive whiz. I also assume this means Miguel Perez will have to start 2007 in Chattanooga, not Louisville, as Ryan Jorgensen has already re-upped.

    Cruz, 25- here's an interesting guy. Former Rule 5 pick of the Brewers (from NYM) in 2003, he went six for seventy-one while picking splinters from his rear end on the Milwaukee bench. He then raked at High-A High Desert in 2004 and AA Huntsville in 2005 (although HD is possibly the single best minor-league hitting environment in existence, and Huntsville isn't bad either). In May '06 the Brewers traded him to Texas for LOOGY Brian Shouse, then the Rangers parked him in AA to do nothing. Cruz looks like he can play all three interior infield positions (or at least SS and 3B), although as he's aged he's hit for much more power but stolen far fewer bases.

    Herr, 26, returns after making the Southern League All-Star team and earning a callup to Louisville. I think he missed most of the season's final month with an injury. Still produces solid power for an infielder, but little plate discipline and very erratic defense.

    Machado, now 26. Funny to think we used to make such a big deal about him. He spent a very quiet year in AA hitting .237/.329/.351 last season.

    Feliz couldn't make the jump to A-ball (2006 stats here) following arm issues.

    Moya pitched okay in Billings, but he must not have displayed teh stuff.

    Cruz was signed out of Cuba in 2005, made a few appearances, then never pitched in 2006.

    Not sure what happened with Rumbos. He just didn't get much of a chance.

    Lasso just couldn't hit.

    Gentry had some tools, but it took him two years to get through rookie ball, so when his bat disintegrated in Sarasota, it was the beginning of the end.

    Mesa got some starts in RF for the Mustangs at the beginning of the year, but got hurt and his window slammed shut.

    A few other transactions of note:

    Baltimore Orioles
    Signed RHP Rob Bell

    Boston Red Sox
    Signed RHP Mike Burns

    Kansas City Royals
    Signed RHP Sugar Ray Marimon (who?)

    New York Yankees
    Released OF Ben Himes

    Both Himes and Kevin Howard collapsed the minute they went to the Yankees for Tony Womack.

    Philadelphia Phillies
    Signed SS Andrew Beattie

    Guy just cannot catch a break.

    San Francisco Giants
    Signed 2B William Bergolla

    Another twelve years in the minors and he'll be ready for the Giants' big club.

    Seattle Mariners
    Signed SS Gookie Dawkins

    Make it seven organizations for the Gookster.

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays
    Signed 1B Hee Seop Choi

    How far the once-mighty fall.

    Washington Nationals
    Signed LHP Mike Bacsik
    Signed LHP Chris Michalak
    Signed LHP Arnie Munoz
    Signed C Danny Ardoin
    Signed C Juan Brito
    Signed C Salomon Manriquez
    Rule 5 losses: RHP James Henderson (Cubs, Triple-A); LHP Ricardo Morales (Mets, Triple-A); C Salomon Manriquez (Rockies, Triple-A); 2B Brandon Powell (Padres, Triple-A); SS Jose Contreras (Cardinals, Triple-A); SS Josh Labandeira (Marlins, Triple-A); SS Alejandro Machado (Twins, Major League); and SS Trey Webb (Giants, Triple-A)


    Still cracks me up.

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Thanks for the info Doc. Scott. I like these minor league signings. Which players do you think from this group do you see as contributing the most?

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Quote Originally Posted by Gallen5862 View Post
    Thanks for the info Doc. Scott. I like these minor league signings. Which players do you think from this group do you see as contributing the most?
    Cruz is intriguing. Junge has a shot to be an adequate injury fill-in coming up from AAA. Think Seth Etherton.

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    San Francisco Giants
    Signed 2B William Bergolla


    Is this the Reds/Louisville Bats Willie Bergolla?

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Curtis View Post
    San Francisco Giants
    Signed 2B William Bergolla


    Is this the Reds/Louisville Bats Willie Bergolla?
    There's only one as far as I know.

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    I'll add this little tidbit I found about the same above players. I should note that this info was from Red Reporter Blog and that the opinions are not necc. from BA!

    http://redreporter.com/

    Baseball America reports the Reds have re-signed the following: RHP Tom Shearn, C Miguel Perez, SS Aaron Herr and SS Anderson Machado.

    The Reds also signed SS-3B Enrique Cruz (Texas), C Dan Conway (Colorado), RHP George Wilkerson (Florida) and RHP Eric Junge (San Diego).

    Cruz was the top overall pick in the 2002 Rule 5 Draft and spent the season with Milwaukee, where he was lousy. Now 24, Cruz was traded to Texas last season for Jorge De La Rosa.

    Last season, Cruz went 3-32-.270 .323 .370 in AA and 1-10-.261 .320 .377 in AAA. He's a terrible fielder at SS, but is a bit better at 3B.

    Conway went 2-10-.219 .268 .313 at AAA last season.

    Wilkerson, a former Royals and Marlins farmhand, went 0-0 4.46, allowing 39 hits with 34 Ks and 17 BB, with a .247 BAA in relief. He landed on the suspended list once for unspecified reasons.

    Junge went 4-5 5.15 with 86 hits, 61 K, 26 BB and a .305 BAA in 71 IP,mostly as a SP.
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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc. Scott View Post
    Cruz is intriguing. Junge has a shot to be an adequate injury fill-in coming up from AAA. Think Seth Etherton.
    . . . except adequate.

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo View Post
    I'll add this little tidbit I found about the same above players. I should note that this info was from Red Reporter Blog and that the opinions are not necc. from BA!

    http://redreporter.com/
    RR is off about the Cruz deal. Enrique was traded from Milwaukee to Texas for LHR Brian Shouse in May of '06. (De la Rosa was traded from Milwaukee to Kansas City for INF Tony Graffanino in July.)

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    . . . except adequate.
    Well, neither of them are any great shakes post-surgery. Seth is pretty much what Junge hopes to be. Both had serious arm injuries shortly after cracking the majors. Both are thirty years old.

    The only difference is that Eric had his serious arm injury when he was 26, while Seth had his at age 23. So Etherton has been healthy for much longer.

    Oh, and neither had what anyone would call a good season in 2006. Both missed time due to injuries, and both spent time doing the Milton (i.e. the turn-and-gawk) on pitching mounds around the country.

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Here's a few more of note:

    Colorado Rockies
    Signed RHP Danny Graves

    Detroit Tigers
    Signed LHP Felix Heredia
    Signed OF Jackson Melian
    Signed OF Brandon Watson

    Houston Astros
    Signed C Brian Peterson

    Milwaukee Brewers
    Signed RHP Joe Valentine

    Minnesota Twins
    Signed LHP Mike Venafro

    Pittsburgh Pirates
    Signed RHP Jim Brower

    San Francisco Giants
    Signed RHP Sun Woo Kim
    Signed LHP Damian Moss

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Of course, this Marc Lancaster post reveals the Reds as having signed RHS Victor Santos and LHR Jason Kershner to NRI deals.

    Santos is pretty much a replacement-level starter who better not be carrying a heavy rotation load. If he is, that's bad news.

    Kershner is a lefty with pretty good control who had some success for a while with Toronto from 2002-2004. He's a skinny guy that doesn't throw very hard.

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Here's a few more:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...ws/263171.html

    Cincinnati Reds

    Signed RHP Mike Flannery
    Signed LHP Mike Bumatay
    Signed LHP Luke Lockwood
    Released RHP William Caudill
    Released RHP Chris Gruler
    Released C Rey Gonzalez
    Released 1B Bobby Mosby
    Released 3B Jason Winkler
    Released OF Brandon Roberts
    Released OF Alvaro Ruiz

    Flannery, 27, is a career reliever (formerly a low-round pick by Florida) who struggled in the Seattle system in '06. Bumatay, 27, can miss some bats in relief, but has inconsistent control. He was once one of my picks as a 6YR signing, and the Reds are his fifth organization. Lockwood, 25, is a former Expos prospect who has a decent 4.08 career ERA but a godawful 37-65 record. The finesse lefty had a mediocre 2006 in the Philadelphia system.

    Caudill was a NDFA who pitched in the GCL. Gruler you may know. Gonzalez couldn't hit. Mosby was a big, powerful slugger who had issues with everything that wasn't home runs. Winkler was a NDFA who didn't get much of a chance when Jason Louwsma did so well in Billings. This Brandon Roberts was usually known as JD, and was the son of ex-roving minor-league hitting instructor Leon Roberts.

    Finally, the mystery of Alvaro "Junior" Ruiz, scion of plate discipline, has been solved. Ruiz missed all of 2006 after finally cracking AA in '05 at age 25.


    Also:

    Chicago White Sox
    Signed OF Kenny Kelly

    Florida Marlins
    Signed RHP Jimmy Serrano

    Milwaukee Brewers
    Signed LHP Benito Baez
    Released RHP Joe Valentine

    Pittsburg Pirates
    Signed OF Alex Fernandez

    Texas Rangers
    Signed 2B Matt Kata

    Washington Nationals
    Signed 2B D'Angelo Jimenez
    Signed 3B Brandon Larson
    Signed 3B Jarrett Reininger

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Well, the Gruler era comes to an end. If he doesn't retire, 2/1 odds the Nationals sign him up.


    and JimBo will just not let the Brandon Larson dream die.

    Thanks for the write-up's, Doc Scott.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Thanks for the update Doc Scott. Which of the new signings do you think might be able to contribute?

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    Re: Baseball America's Minor-League Transactions up through 12/20

    Cruz intrigues me. First I've heard of him having a terrible glove at SS -- figured his defense would have been what got him picked Rule 5 in the first place.


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