Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed minor league contracts, replacing major league pacts with the same organization.
A number of top prospects made their big league debuts in the past week, a list that includes Charlie Blackmon, Dee Gordon and Jemile Weeks. Find supplementary information, such as signing scout and draft pedigree, with our 2011 MLB Debuts chart.
Number in parentheses indicates draft round. Read on to learn the identity of the first player to sign out of the 2011 draft.
Signed: RHP Yhency Brazoban, RHP Mike DeMark (York (Atlantic))
Traded: RHP Andrea Pizziconi to Royals for C Lucas May
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Charles Brewer
The Padres signed Mike DeMark out of the Frontier League in ’07 and he rose to some degree of prospect relevance in the organization prior to his release this spring. He reestablished his case in the Atlantic League this spring with a 17-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 10 1/3 innings, piquing Arizona's interest. The Diamondbacks, of course, are now headed by San Diego expatriates Kevin Towers and his assistant Bill Bryk.
The 26-year-old Lucas May effectively replaces John Hester, the player to be named in the Mark Reynolds trade, as Triple-A catcher insurance. Outrighted off the Royals' 40-man roster this spring, May batted just .176/.263/.329 for Triple-A Omaha prior to the trade. Contrary to his recent Triple-A performance, he batted went just 3-for-26 (.115) versus lefties.
Signed: RHP Eddie Morlan (Southern Maryland (Atlantic))
Recalled: OF Matt Young
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mike Minor
Reinstated from DL: OF Kyle Rose
Eddie Morlan joined Double-A Mississippi, his third Southern League club in the past two years. He spent time with Montgomery (Rays) and Huntsville (Brewers) last season, after which he became a free agent. Morlan attracted little interest in the offseason, but the Braves saw something in his Atlantic League showing, as the numbers attest—15 strikeouts, zero walks, two runs allowed in 13 innings.
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Pedro Viola
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ryan O'Shea
Reinstated from DL: SS Manny Machado, OF Trent Mummey
Manny Machado and Trent Mummey resumed their stellar full-season debuts after month-long disabled list stints. Machado has gone 3-for-17 in four games back, but his season line still stands at .308/.414/.570 through 107 at-bats for low Class A Delmarva. Up a level with high Class A Frederick, Mummey has gotten off to a faster start, going 7-for-20 (.350) with a homer, a double and three steals in four attempts.
Boston Red Sox
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Tommy Hottovy
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Scott Atchison, OF Josh Reddick
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jordan Flasher, RHP Michael Lee, RHP Stolmy Pimentel, 2B Sean Coyle, OF Matt Sheely
Reinstated from DL: RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Brock Huntzinger, LHP Randy Williams
Signed: RHP Marcos Mateo*
Released: RHP Tzu-An Wang
Removed from 40-man: RHP Robert Coello (outrighted to Double-A), RHP Jeff Stevens (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Scott Maine
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Trey McNutt, RHP Brett Wallach, C Mario Mercedes, 2B Pierre LePage, SS Elliot Soto
Reinstated from DL: RHP Angel Guzman, C Michael Brenly, 2B Pierre LePage, OF David Macias
Chicago White Sox
Released: 2B Ozzie Chavez
Removed from 40-man: 3B Dallas McPherson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Michael Restovich
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chase Cooney, OF Michael Restovich
Signed: LHP Tim Hamulack (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Released: C Chris McMurray, OF Brian Barton
Recalled: RHP Daryl Thompson, RHP Edinson Volquez
Removed from 40-man: LHP Tom Cochran (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chad Reineke, RHP Daryl Thompson
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Miguel Rojas
Reinstated from DL: RHP Josh Ravin, LHP Dontrelle Willis, 1B Carlos Mendez, 3B Mike Costanzo, SS Zack Cozart, OF Juan Duran
Released: LHP Jesse English, 1B Wes Hodges
Option transferred: OF Nick Weglarz (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Trey Haley, RHP Toru Murata, C Dwight Childs, 2B Matt Lawson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Rob Bryson, 1B Nick Johnson, OF Nick Weglarz
Wes Hodges played regularly for Triple-A Columbus on their run to the International League title last year, but it was a different story entirely for the ’06 second-rounder this season. In 125 plate appearances, Hodges batted a sluggish .219/.276/.325 for the Clippers. First base now belongs to Nick Johnson (who recently returned from the disabled list) and Jared Goedert.
Released: RHP Brad McAtee, RHP Charlie Ruiz, RHP Billy Vopinek, LHP Josh Muecke
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Rex Brothers, OF Charlie Blackmon
Removed from 40-man: SS Alfredo Amezaga (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Roenicke, SS Ryan Rohlinger
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rafael Suarez, 3B Joseph Sanders, SS Radames Nazario, OF Brian Rike, OF Jeff Salazar
Reinstated from DL: 3B Ian Stewart, OF Tyler Massey, OF Mike Zuanich
Mere weeks after turning to Double-A righty Juan Nicasio, the Rockies call up two more of their finest prospects, this time from Triple-A Colorado Springs: power lefty reliever Rex Brothers and multi-skilled outfielder Charlie Blackmon. The 34th pick in the ’09 draft, Brothers breezed through the Pacific Coast League this season, striking out 45 and walking 15 in 28 innings. His 14.5 strikeouts per nine ranked second among PCL relievers.
As to Blackmon, he's the first player signed by BA alum (and Atlanta-based area scout) Alan Matthews to reach the big leagues. A second-rounder in ’08, Blackmon did all the things necessary to receive a callup. He hit for average (.337), hit for power (10 homers, .572 slugging), stole bases (12 in 17 attempts) and made consistent contact (strikeouts in just 14 percent of at-bats). His 33 extra-base hits still rank fifth in the PCL. Drafted as a center fielder, Blackmon played more right field for the Sky Sox (he's a former lefthanded pitcher).
Two recent waiver claims by Colorado could fill supporting roles in the big leagues this season. Claimed from the Blue Jays, reliever Josh Roenicke wasn't fooling many batters with his low-90s fastball and slider this season for Triple-A Las Vegas, but the 28-year-old is only two years removed from a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio with the Reds' Triple-A club. Similarly, Ryan Rohlinger (formerly of the Giants) just didn't hit for Triple-A Fresno (.174/.294/.331), but he brings a strong glove at either shortstop or third base. One caveat applies to both Roenicke and Rohlinger: Both will be out of options next season.
Released: 2B Jimmy Gulliver
Recalled: LHP Adam Wilk, C Omir Santos
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Andy Oliver
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Little, RHP Zach Simons, SS Ryan Soares
Reinstated from DL: RHP Brooks Brown, RHP Luis Marte, RHP Nate Newman, C Omir Santos, 2B William Bergolla
Released: RHP Dan Mahoney, C David Peters, OF Harold Brantley
Recalled: SS Ozzie Martinez
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Brad Hand
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Corey Madden, C J.T. Realmuto, OF Jorge Padilla
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jeff Allison, RHP Corey Madden, RHP A.J. Ramos, 3B Neil Sellers, SS Ryan Klosterman
Against the backdrop of the University of Connecticut's historic ’11 draft—in which George Springer went 11th to the Astros and Matt Barnes went 19th to the Red Sox—the Marlins released a pair of former Huskies. Dan Mahoney, an ’09 fourth-rounder, made just 22 starts in three pro seasons and didn't pitch at all this season. Like Mahoney, David Peters was an ’09 pick (16th round) and also did not play this season.
Signed: C Emerson Frostad (Lancaster (Atlantic))
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bobby Doran, OF Daniel Adamson
Reinstated from DL: LHP Colton Pitkin, C Carlos Corporan
Kansas City Royals
Signed: RHP Robinson Tejeda*
Released: RHP Chad Blauer, RHP Dylan Lindsay, RHP Matt Mitchell, RHP Harold Mozingo, 1B Steven Caseres
Traded: C Lucas May to Diamondbacks for RHP Andrea Pizziconi
Recalled: RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Vin Mazzaro
Removed from 40-man: RHP Henry Barrera (outrighted to High-A), RHP Robinson Tejeda (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jesse Chavez
Placed on 7-day DL: C Ryan Jenkins
Reinstated from DL: C Cody Clark, C Ryan Eigsti, OF Wil Myers
The Diamondbacks signed Andrea Pizziconi out of Italy in September ’09, and he made his pro debut as an 18-year-old in short-season ball last year.
Los Angeles Angels
Released: 2B Matt Cusick
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Alexi Amarista, OF Reggie Willits
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Suammy Baez, LHP Matt Meyer, C Kevin Richardson, SS Adam Younger
Reinstated from DL: RHP Johnny Hellweg, RHP Chris Scholl, OF Kevin Melillo
Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed: LHP Scott Rice (York (Atlantic))
Loaned to Mexican League: OF Roman Pena (to Campeche)
Recalled: RHP John Ely, 2B Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Added to 40-man roster: SS Dee Gordon
Removed from 40-man: RHP Travis Schlichting (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP John Ely, 2B Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Reinstated from DL: RHP Stuart Pomeranz, RHP Luis Vasquez, LHP Greg Wilborn, OF Nick Buss
The Dodgers acquired Roman Pena from the Indians last September in exchange for Preston Mattingly. Of course, Mattingly is now back with Los Angeles (after Cleveland released him in April) and playing for the low Class A Great Lakes club.
Signed: LHP Alan Williams (Washington (Frontier))
Traded: OF Jeremy Reed to Twins for cash considerations
Removed from 40-man: 1B Erick Almonte (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike McClendon
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Darren Byrd, RHP Damon Krestalude, C Dayton Buller, C Michael Roberts
Reinstated from DL: C Anderson de la Rosa, 2B Matt Cline, 3B T.J. Mittelstaedt, OF D'Vontrey Richardson
Alan Williams declined to sign as a Marlins draft pick in ’08 and ’09. After two years Meridian (Miss.) CC he initially signed with Washington of the Frontier League this season.
Signed: RHP Ricky Bowen
Released: RHP Brad Tippett, 2B Gunner Glad, 3B Matt Brown
Acquired: OF Jeremy Reed from Brewers for cash considerations
Recalled: 3B Luke Hughes, OF Ben Revere
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Brian Dinkelman
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Anthony Slama, SS Trevor Plouffe
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Joe Benson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Kane Holbrooks, OF Aaron Hicks
New York Mets
Released: OF Carlos Guzman
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Manny Acosta
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mike O'Connor
Option transferred: 3B Zach Lutz (Triple-A to High-A)
Reinstated from DL: C Juan Centeno, 3B Zach Lutz
New York Yankees
Signed: 2B Ronnier Mustelier
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Carlos Silva, C Austin Romine, OF Justin Maxwell
Reinstated from DL: C P.J. Pilittere, C Gary Sanchez, OF Greg Golson, OF Jason Place
Ronnier Mustelier defected from Cuba following the ’09 season. You can read more about him in the Baseball-Reference Bullpen.
Signed: RHP Jason Bergmann
Recalled: RHP Fautino de los Sanots, LHP Bobby Cramer, 2B Scott Sizemore
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Jemile Weeks
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Fautino de los Sanots, 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
Option transferred: 1B Chris Carter (Triple-A to High-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chris Mederos, LHP Polin Trinidad
Reinstated from DL: RHP Andrew Carignan, LHP Anthony Capra, 1B Chris Carter
Signed: SS Francisco Silva, OF Terry Evans
Recalled: RHP David Herndon, OF John Mayberry Jr.
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mike Zagurski, OF John Mayberry Jr. (twice)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Eddie Bonine, RHP Josh Zeid, C Torre Langley, OF Rich Thompson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike McGuire, C Jeff Lanning
Released: LHP Barrett Phillips
Recalled: LHP Tony Watson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blaine Boyer, OF Cole White, OF Corey Wimberly
Reinstated from DL: 3B Chase Lyles, SS Chase d'Arnaud
St. Louis Cardinals
Released: 2B Ramon Vazquez, OF Pat Biserta
Recalled: RHP Maikel Cleto, 1B Mark Hamilton
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Lance Lynn, 3B Matt Carpenter
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Pete Kozma
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Maikel Cleto
Placed on 7-day DL: 1B Matt Adams, 2B Packy Elkins, OF Tommy Pham
Reinstated from DL: RHP Chris Corrigan, RHP Pete Parise, C Charlie Cutler, 1B Kleininger Teran, SS Freddie Bynum
San Diego Padres
Signed: 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir*
Released: SS Robert Hudson
Recalled: OF Aaron Cunningham
Removed from 40-man: 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir (outrighted to Triple-A)
Option transferred: RHP Simon Castro (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Branham, RHP Aaron Breit, C Tommy Medica, 2B Pat McKenna, OF Dan Meeley
Reinstated from DL: RHP Simon Castro, RHP Matt Jackson, RHP Jon Leicester, LHP Jose DePaula, SS Jeudy Valdez, OF Bobby Kielty
The Padres demoted Simon Castro to Double-A after a month on the disabled list with a right lat strain. He could use a breather from the harsh climes of Triple-A Tucson, where the 23-year-old got hammered for a 10.17 ERA and 2.14 WHIP in six starts.
San Francisco Giants
Recalled: 3B Conor Gillaspie
Removed from 40-man: RHP Henry Sosa (outrighted to Double-A)
Option transferred: OF Francisco Peguero (Double-A to High-A)
Reinstated from DL: RHP Waldis Joaquin, RHP Justin Schumer, OF Francisco Peguero
Signed: RHP Jason Buursma
Released: RHP Manny Delcarmen, LHP Nick Czyz
Recalled: OF Greg Halman
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Michael Saunders
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Kuo Hui Lo, OF Jamie McOwen, OF Julio Morban
Reinstated from DL: RHP Stephen Kahn, 3B Matt Mangini
Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Lance Cormier, RHP Jim Paduch (Chico (North American))
Released: RHP Edgar Gonzalez
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Joe Cruz, OF Chris Murrill
Reinstated from DL: RHP Dirk Hayhurst, RHP Jake Thompson
According to a league release, Jim Paduch became the first player from the independent North American League to sign with an affiliated club. What's the North American League, you ask? It combines the best elements of the Golden, Northern and United leagues. (Chico is a former Golden Baseball League franchise.) As to Paduch, the 28-year-old already has experience in affiliated ball. A Reds 12th-round pick in ’03, he (essentially) topped out in high Class A in ’06 before spending part or all of the next five years in the Northern, Frontier and North American leagues as well as the American Association.
Signed: RHP Manny Delcarmen
Released: RHP Yhency Brazoban, RHP Justin Miller, RHP Salvador Sanchez
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Julio Borbon
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Perconte, C Jose Felix, 3B Mike Olt
Reinstated from DL: LHP Corey Young, C Elio Sarmiento, 1B Chris McGuiness
Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Joe Musgrove (1.5)
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Eric Thames
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Casey Beck, LHP John Anderson, 3B Brett Lawrie, SS Ryan Goins, OF Jonathan Jones
Reinstated from DL: C A.J. Jimenez, 1B Ryan Shealy, OF Jake Marisnick
According to information conveyed to BA from Major League Baseball, Joe Musgrove is the first ’11 draft pick to sign and have his contract approved. The Jays took the California prep righty in the supplemental first round.
Recalled: RHP Craig Stammen
Option transferred: RHP Garrett Mock (High-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Adam Carr, LHP Bobby Hansen
Reinstated from DL: LHP Patrick McCoy, C Carlos Maldonado, OF Randolph Oduber