Minor League Transactions: June 15-21

Players listed with an asterisk (*) signed minor league contracts, replacing major league pacts with the same organization. That's a fancy way of saying the player has been optioned or outrighted to the minors.

Numbers in parentheses indicate 2011 draft round.

Many veterans who sign minor league contracts negotiate opt-out clauses, so that in the event they're not in the big league by a certain date, they can ask for their release in order to sign with another organization. Most of these opt-out dates fall on or around June 15, so keep that in mind as you peruse the ranks of the released here.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
RHP Jeff Bennett (Lancaster (Atlantic)), RHP Mike Lebo (NDFA—Lehigh), LHP Alberto Castillo
Draft picks signed: C Zach Jones (34), 1B John Griffin (21), OF Justin Bianco (3)
Added to 40-man roster: OF Wily Mo Pena
Removed from 40-man: 3B Sean Burroughs (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Miguel Pena, RHP Casey Upperman, LHP Cody Wheeler, 3B Michael Weber, OF Antonio Sepulveda

Atlanta Braves
Signed:
RHP Bryam Garcia (NDFA—Florida International), RHP Zach Jadofsky (NDFA—West Florida), 3B Ruben Gotay, OF Chris Carter
Draft picks signed: RHP J.R. Graham (4), SS Nick Ahmed (2), SS Logan Robbins (10), OF Brian Stamps (24)
Released: C Dave Convertini, OF Jarred Frierson, OF Jonathan Pigott
Recalled: RHP Jairo Asencio, RHP Randall Delgado, OF Wilkin Ramirez
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Julio Lugo
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Diory Hernandez, SS Brandon Hicks, OF Matt Young
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Randall Delgado
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Yeliar Castro, RHP Luis De Luna, RHP Wei Huang, RHP Henry Mendez, 2B Alejandro Sanchez
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Ian Marshall

Baltimore Orioles
Draft picks signed:
RHP Mike Wright (3), LHP Trent Howard (7), LHP Matt Taylor (5), C Adam Davis (11)
Released: LHP Alberto Castillo, 1B Darryl Crosier, 2B Alexander Zorrilla
Recalled: RHP Brad Bergesen, RHP Jason Berken
Added to 40-man roster: SS Blake Davis
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Ryan Adams
Option transferred: 1B Joe Mahoney (High-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Vinny Zazueta
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Luis Ramirez
Reinstated from DL: 2B Mike Mooney

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
C Tim Roberson (NDFA—Florida Gulf Coast), 3B Ryan Khoury (Gateway (Frontier)), SS Nick Natoli (NDFA—Towson)
Draft picks signed: RHP Joe Holtmeyer (22), RHP Andrew Jones (18), RHP Matty Ott (13), RHP Jadd Schmeltzer (49), RHP Brenden Shepard (28), RHP Corey Vogt (39), LHP Miguel Pena (6), C Carlos Coste (35), 1B David Chester (33), 1B Braden Kapteyn (15), 2B Matt Gedman (45), 3B Travis Shaw (9)
Recalled: 2B Drew Sutton, OF Josh Reddick
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Andrew Miller
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Anatanaer Batista, RHP Seth Garrison, RHP Mathew Price, LHP Dennys Reyes, 2B Tony Thomas, OF Ryan Westmoreland
Reinstated from DL: LHP Kyle Fernandes, 2B Sean Coyle, 2B Jason Thompson, SS Yamaico Navarro, OF Che-Hsuan Lin, OF Matt Sheely

Chicago Cubs
Draft picks signed:
RHP P.J. Francescon (40), RHP Pete Levitt (32), RHP Scott Weismann (46), C Rafael Lopez (16)
Released: RHP Thomas Diamond
Removed from 40-man: OF Brad Snyder (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Ty'Relle Harris, RHP Robinson Lopez

Chicago White Sox
Signed:
RHP Stew Brase (NDFA—Charleston Southern), RHP J.C. Casey (NDFA—Missouri State), RHP Tim Kiley (NDFA—Tampa), RHP Brett Merkley (NDFA—Indiana State), LHP Jon Gulbransen (NDFA—Valparaiso), 2B Andrew Douglas (NDFA—Fresno Pacific)
Draft picks signed: RHP Jake Cose (27), RHP Blake Drake (22), RHP Kyle McMillen (4), RHP Kevin Vance (19), LHP Scott Snodgress (5), C Cory Farris (45), SS David Herbek (15)
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Jon Gilmore

Cincinnati Reds
Draft picks signed:
RHP Erik Miller (31), RHP Randy Yard (36)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tyree Hayes, RHP Mike Henry, RHP Jacob Johnson, RHP Brian Pearl, OF Josh Garton
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Jesus Adames, RHP Po-Cheng Chi, RHP Andrew Cisco
Reinstated from DL: 2B Jose Castro

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
RHP Josh McKeon (NDFA—Upper Iowa), RHP Drew Rucinski (Rockford (Frontier)), 1B Jerrud Sabourin (NDFA—Indiana)
Draft picks signed: RHP Cody Allen (23), RHP Luis DeJesus (11), RHP Robert Nixon (46), RHP Mason Radeke (35), RHP Jake Sisco (3), C Jake Lowery (4), 2B Todd Hankins (15), SS K.C. Serna (42), OF Jordan Smith (9)
Traded: 3B Josh Rodriguez to Pirates for cash considerations
Recalled: OF Travis Buck
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Travis Buck
Placed on 7-day DL: 3B Lonnie Chisenhall
Reinstated from DL: LHP Matt Packer, C Dwight Childs, OF Donnie Webb

Colorado Rockies
Draft picks signed:
RHP Alex Gillingham (11), RHP Jesse Meaux (19), RHP Danny Winkler (20), LHP Roberto Padilla (8), LHP Kyle Roliard (13), OF Brian Humphries (14)
Added to 40-man roster: C Matt Pagnozzi
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Dexter Fowler
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Stephen Dodson, C Beau Seabury, SS Radames Nazario
Reinstated from DL: RHP Geoff Parker, 3B Darin Holcomb, SS Radames Nazario, OF Cole Garner

Detroit Tigers
Signed:
C Wes Thigpen (NDFA—Mississippi State), SS Jonathan Ogden (NDFA—Mississippi State), OF Jeff Salazar
Draft picks signed: RHP Daniel Bennett (19), RHP Guido Knudson (28), LHP Matt Crouse (24), LHP Brian Flynn (7), 1B Dean Green (11), OF Jason Krizan (8), OF Chretien Matz (44), OF Ismael Salgado (16), OF Pat Smith (14)
Released: RHP Dan Gentzler, RHP Patrick Lawson, SS Brett Anderson, OF Gilbert Gomez
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Casey Crosby, LHP Hua-Wei Lo, C Patrick Leyland, C John Murrian, 2B Alexander Nunez, 3B Audy Ciriaco, OF Edwin Gomez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Zach Simons, 2B Justin Henry

Florida Marlins
Signed:
SS Jon Myers (NDFA—Saint Louis), OF Dewayne Wise, OF Nate Woods (NDFA—Belmont)
Draft picks signed: RHP James Nygren (33), LHP Greg Nappo (18)
Released: 3B Ruben Gotay
Traded: LHP Andy Loomis to Phillies for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Jose Ceda
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Elih Villanueva, 3B Jose Lopez, OF Dewayne Wise
Designated for assignment: LHP Dustin Richardson
Removed from 40-man: C Brad Davis (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Elih Villanueva, SS Ozzie Martinez
Optioned to High-A: LHP Brad Hand
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Bryan Berglund, RHP Scott Rembisz, RHP Wilfredo Rojas, LHP Mariano Gomez, LHP Wade Korpi, LHP Forrest Moore, SS Todd Muecklisch
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Jared Eskew, 1B Aaron Senne
Reinstated from DL: LHP Andy Loomis, C J.T. Realmuto, SS Ryan Klosterman, OF Brent Keys, OF Rand Smith

Houston Astros
Signed:
2B Neiko Johnson (NDFA—Kentucky)
Draft pick signed: 1B Zach Johnson (15)
Released: C Max Ramirez, 1B Brian Dopirak
Recalled: LHP Fernando Abad, C Robinson Cancel
Removed from 40-man: C Robinson Cancel (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP B.J. Hyatt, RHP Brandt Walker, LHP Brad Dydalewicz, LHP Tommy Shirley, 3B Rafael Valenzuela, SS James Howick
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Raul Rivera, RHP Vincent Velasquez, LHP David Duncan, LHP Kilby Pena, SS Jonathan Merritt, OF Luis de la Rosa
Reinstated from DL: LHP Shane Wolf, OF Collin DeLome

A second-round pick last year, Vincent Velasquez had Tommy John surgery in September, not long after he ranked No. 11 on our Appalachian League Top 20 Prospects list. The 19-year-old had a fine debut with Greeneville, going 2-2, 3.07 with 25 strikeouts and just five walks in 29 1/3 innings.

Kansas City Royals
Signed:
RHP Brian Edelen (NDFA—Western Kentucky)
Draft picks signed: LHP Stephen Lumpkins (13), LHP Cesar Ogando (6)
Recalled: OF Jarrod Dyson
Removed from 40-man: RHP Kevin Pucetas (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Vin Mazzaro
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Gary Cuevas, RHP Patrick Keating, C Manny Pina

Los Angeles Angels
Signed:
RHP Johnny Holtman (NDFA—Cal State San Marcos), RHP Shane Waller (NDFA—West Florida), RHP Jerome Williams (Lancaster (Atlantic)), 2B Matt Cusick (Southern Maryland (Atlantic))
Draft picks signed: RHP Frank DeJiulio (38), RHP Logan Odom (8), RHP Daniel Vargas-Vila (28), LHP Junior Carlin (20), LHP Ryan Crowley (19), C Abel Baker (7), 1B Jackson Whitley (13), 3B Brian Hernandez (27), 3B Joe Krehbiel (12), 3B Jarrod Parks (24), OF Brennan Gowens (22), OF Drew Martinez (10), OF Andy Workman (34)
Released: C Drew Beuerlein, C Jean Rodriguez, C Tyler Sanford, 1B Ryan Rivers, 2B Ryan Broussard, OF Dan Eichelberger
Recalled: RHP Michael Kohn
Optioned to Triple-A: SS Andrew Romine
Option transferred: OF Chris Pettit (Triple-A to Double-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Chance Mistric, LHP Robert Fish
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Cam Bedrosian, RHP Ryan Cisterna, LHP Carmine Giardina, 1B Mike Sodders
Reinstated from DL: C Kevin Richardson

An Angels first-round pick last year, Cam Bedrosian had Tommy John surgery in May, so expect him back in time for short-season ball, at the earliest, next year.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Draft picks signed:
RHP Rob Chamra (34), RHP Matt Shelton (24), C Chris O'Brien (18), 2B Stefan Jarrin (40)
Released: RHP Ji-Mo Lee, RHP Tim Redding
Recalled: C A.J. Ellis
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ramon Troncoso
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Josh Lindblom
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Robert Boothe, RHP Carlos Frias, LHP Bolivar Medina, C Fumimasa Ishibashi, C Jessie Mier, 1B John Lindsey, 3B Russ Mitchell, OF Blake Smith

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
RHP Bradley Blanks (Windy City (Frontier)), LHP Connor Whalen (NDFA—UC Santa Barbara), C Wil Nieves*, C Jimmie Pharr (NDFA—Texas Christian)
Draft picks signed: RHP Drew Gagnon (3), RHP David Goforth (7), RHP Danny Keller (6), LHP Elliott Glynn (39), C Doug Elliot (35), 1B Mike Nemeth (21), SS Renaldo Jenkins (19)
Released: RHP Corey Frerichs, OF Derrick Shaw
Recalled: LHP Daniel Ray Herrera
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Mark DiFelice, C George Kottaras
Removed from 40-man: C Wil Nieves (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Zach Braddock, LHP Daniel Ray Herrera
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Blake Billings, RHP Dan Britt, C Patrick Arlis
Reinstated from DL: RHP Jameson Dunn, C Patrick Arlis, 1B Jason Rogers

Connor Whalen appears to be no relation to unsigned 42nd-rounder Caleb Whalen, who attended Union High in Camas, Wash.

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Thomas Diamond, RHP J.R. Krogstad
Draft picks signed: RHP Madison Boer (2), LHP Matthew Tomshaw (42), SS Stephen Wickens (33)
Released: RHP Yorman Bazardo, RHP Zach See, 3B Hyeong-rok Choi
Recalled: RHP Eric Hacker
Removed from 40-man: RHP Eric Hacker (outrighted to Triple-A), 2B Brian Dinkelman (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Chuck James
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Kelvin Mention
Reinstated from DL: SS Brian Dozier

J.R. Krogstad signed with the Twins out of a tryout camp, but he didn't play ball in high school because South Dakota doesn't offer the sport. He stayed sharp by playing in an adult league. Krogstad's hometown paper, in Crookston, Minn., picked up the story of his signing, as did the Fort Myers News-Press, which delves into his passion for paleontology and digging up dinosaur fossils.

New York Mets
Signed:
RHP Beck Wheeler (NDFA—UC Santa Barbara), SS T.J. Rivera (NDFA—Troy)
Draft picks signed: RHP Dustin Emmons (38), RHP Randy Fontanez (27), RHP Seth Lugo (34), RHP Craig Missigman (37), RHP Tyson Seng (33), LHP Mark Picca (41), C Eddie Rohan (50), SS Carlos Leyva (32), OF Travis Taijeron (18), OF Charley Thurber (39)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mike Hebert, RHP Tyler Howe, RHP Kent Tsuijimoto, LHP Mitch Houck, LHP Brian Valenzuela, 3B Josh Dunn, 3B Miguel Tejada, SS Chin-lung Hu, SS Justin Schafer, OF ZeErika McQueen
Reinstated from DL: RHP Luis Rojas, C Juan Torres, 3B Richard Lucas

New York Yankees
Signed:
RHP Cory Cowsert (Southern Illinois (Frontier)), LHP Vidal Nuno (Washington (Frontier)), C Tyson Blaser (NDFA—Iowa), C Jonathan Hurst (NDFA—UC Irvine)
Draft picks signed: 1B Zach Wilson (21), OF Dante Bichette Jr. (1.5)
Released: LHP Jose Ortegano
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Cory Wade
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Lance Pendleton, RHP Kevin Whelan
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Grant Duff, RHP Conor Mullee, RHP Robert Paullus, RHP Ryan Pope, RHP Jose Ramirez, RHP Kevin Whelan, LHP Gavin Brooks, C Francisco Arcia, 1B Jorge Vazquez
Placed on 60-day DL: LHP Jose Ortegano
Reinstated from DL: RHP Buddy Carlyle, RHP Carlos Silva, LHP Jose Ortegano, OF Damon Sublett

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
RHP Doug Mathis
Draft picks signed: RHP Nathan Kilcrease (30), RHP Blake Treinen (7), RHP Kurt Wunderlich (20), 2B Shane Boras (39), OF Dayton Alexander (6), OF Bobby Crocker (4)
Released: RHP Jose Sanchez
Placed on 7-day DL: SS Josh Horton, OF Jose Rivero
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Deyvi Jimenez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Mike Benacka, RHP Jeiler Castillo, LHP Max Peterson, OF Jose Crisotomo

Philadelphia Phillies
Signed:
RHP Austin Brough (NDFA—Western Illinois), RHP Rye Davis (NDFA—Western Kentucky), RHP Tim Redding, RHP Jay Stephens (re-signed), LHP Jim Birmingham (NDFA—Coastal Carolina), SS Francisco Silva
Draft picks signed: RHP Colton Murray (13), RHP Yacksel Rios (12), LHP Andre Kinder (42), LHP Austin Wright (8), 1B Mike Marshall (30), 3B Cody Asche (4)
Acquired: LHP Andy Loomis from Marlins for future considerations
Recalled: RHP Vance Worley
Option transferred: RHP Justin De Fratus (Double-A to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Nate Bump, RHP Kevin Walter, C Chace Numata, 1B Mike Marshall, 3B Luis Paulino
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Siulman Lebron, RHP Miguel Nunez, LHP Pedro Lora, 3B Jake Smith, OF Gauntlett Eldemire
Reinstated from DL: LHP Bryan Morgado, C Sebastian Valle, OF D'Arby Myers

This is the same Francisco Silva who first agreed to terms with the Phillies as a 16-year-old last July.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed:
RHP Jose Ascanio*, RHP Joe Parsons (NDFA—Virginia Tech), LHP Robbie Kilcrease (NDFA—Texas Tech)
Draft picks signed: RHP David Jagoditsh (32), LHP Mike Jefferson (22), C Jon Schwind (41), 3B Dan Gamache (6), 3B Chris Lashmet (33), OF Alex Fuselier (21), OF Taylor Lewis (10)
Released: RHP Blaine Boyer
Acquired: 3B Josh Rodriguez from Indians for cash considerations
Removed from 40-man: C Wyatt Toregas (outrighted to Triple-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Yhonatan Herrand, RHP Cesar Lopez, RHP Aliaksei Lukashevich, RHP Jarryd Sullivan, LHP Zack Dodson, C Travis Scott, OF Austin McClune
Reinstated from DL: RHP Blaine Boyer, OF Cole White

Much as they did with Rule 5 pick Evan Meek in ’08, the Pirates ultimately bought Josh Rodriguez, this year's Rule 5 selection. Now they can option him to Triple-A if they choose not to carry him on the active roster.

St. Louis Cardinals
Signed:
RHP Logan Billbrough (NDFA—William & Mary), RHP Eric Binder (NDFA—Northwestern), LHP Adam Bileckyj (NDFA—Cal State San Marcos), SS Neal Pritchard (NDFA—Elon)
Draft picks signed: RHP Corey Baker (49), RHP David Bergin (30), RHP Kyle Deese (23), RHP Seth Maness (11), RHP Todd McInnis (25), RHP Travis Miller (16), RHP Heath Wyatt (33), LHP Jonathan Cornelius (24), LHP Daniel Miranda (8), C Adam Ehrlich (6), C Jordan Rasmus (36), 1B Mike Knox (41), 1B Danny Stienstra (12), 2B Tyler Rahmatulla (34), 3B Jeremy Patton (38), OF Gary Apelian (27), OF Nick Martini (7)
Recalled: RHP Maikel Cleto, 1B Mark Hamilton, SS Pete Kozma
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Mark Hamilton, 3B Matt Carpenter, SS Tyler Greene
Option transferred: RHP Francisco Samuel (Triple-A to High-A)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jeff Lyman, LHP Jean Mijares
Reinstated from DL: RHP Francisco Samuel

San Diego Padres
Draft pick signed:
RHP Chris Haney (20)
Outrighted to Mexican League: 2B Adan Velazquez (to Quintana Roo)
Recalled: C Kyle Phillips
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Josh Spence, 3B Jesus Guzman
Designated for assignment: OF Luis Durango
Removed from 40-man: LHP Aaron Poreda (outrighted to Triple-A), OF Eric Patterson (outrighted to Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Wade LeBlanc, 2B Logan Forsythe
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Samuel Deduno, RHP Josh Worrell, C Jason Hagerty, C Luis Martinez, C Guillermo Quiroz, OF Bobby Kielty
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Bryan Rodriguez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Daniel Sarria, SS Everth Cabrera, OF Donavan Tate

San Francisco Giants
Signed:
C Max Ramirez, 1B Wes Hodges
Draft picks signed: RHP DeMondre Arnold (25), RHP Paul Davis (17), RHP Cody Hall (19), RHP Danny Sandbrink (42), LHP Brian Maloney (45), LHP Phil McCormick (31), LHP Jack Snodgrass (27), 1B Bryan Nicholson (38), 1B Ben Thomas (34), 3B Garrett Buechele (14), OF Eldred Barnett (29), OF Elliott Blair (46), OF Mike Mergenthaler (32), OF Shawn Payne (35)
Released: RHP Doug Mathis, RHP Jeremy Toole
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Darren Ford
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Mark Christman, RHP Kevin Couture, RHP Osiris Matos, C Nestor Rojas, 1B Travis Ishikawa, OF Nick Liles
Reinstated from DL: RHP Michael Main, SS Juan Ciriaco

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
RHP David Holman (NDFA—Emporia State (Kan.)), RHP Alex Periard
Draft picks signed: RHP Jordan Pries (30), RHP Bo Reeder (36), RHP Cody Weiss (14), OF Mike McGee (15)
Recalled: 2B Dustin Ackley
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Luis Rodriguez
Option transferred: RHP Yoervis Medina (High-A to Arizona League)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP George Mieses, RHP Yovanny Olivero, RHP Stephen Penney, RHP Ben Versnik, LHP Ryan Kiel, C Steve Baron, C Hassiel Jimenez, C Angel Salome, 3B Ramon Morla
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Yao Chang, RHP Danny Cruz, RHP Richard Vargas, 3B Jose Flores
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tyler Blandford, RHP Josh Fields, 3B Shaver Hansen, OF Leury Bonilla, OF Julio Morban, OF Scott Savastano

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik originally drafted Alex Periard in his role as Brewers scouting director in ’04. Milwaukee released him in May.

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed:
RHP Dave Laufer (NDFA—Boston College)
Draft picks signed: RHP Jeff Ames (1.5), RHP Jake Floethe (6), LHP Blake Snell (1.5), SS Jake Hager (1), OF James Harris (1.5)
Released: RHP Cristian Vasquez, LHP Matt Gilson, OF Chris Carter
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alex Cobb
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jay Buente
Reinstated from DL: OF John Matulia, OF Ty Morrison

Texas Rangers
Signed:
SS Jimmy Swift (NDFA—Creighton)
Draft picks signed: RHP Kyle Castro (3), RHP Taylor Dennis (34), RHP Nick Martinez (18), RHP K.C. Wiser (50), LHP Andrew Faulkner (14), LHP Kevin Matthews (1), LHP Sam Robinson (32), C Joe Maloney (10), 3B Matt Leeds (31), SS Nick Vickerson (20), OF Zach Cone (1.5)
Released: RHP Mike Perconte, C Alberto Puello, OF Junior Payano
Loaned to Mexican League: SS Luis Cruz (to Mexico City)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Tae Ahn, RHP Justin Jamison, RHP Denny Peralta, RHP Tim Stanford, LHP Yoon-Hee Nam, 2B Humberto Miranda
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Brett Weibley
Reinstated from DL: RHP Tanner Scheppers, 2B Esteban German

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
RHP Myles Duvall (NDFA—Richland (Texas) JC), RHP Brandon Kaye (NDFA—British Columbia), 2B Ramon Vazquez, OF Matt Newman (NDFA—Arizona State)
Draft picks signed: RHP Eric Brown (50), RHP Arik Sikula (36)
Released: RHP Zach Outman, LHP Mike Hinckley, 2B Raul Barron
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Zach Stewart
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Carlos Pina, OF Darin Mastroianni, OF Travis Snider
Placed on 60-day DL: RHP Sam Dyson
Reinstated from DL: RHP Matt Daly, OF Jason Lane

According to this Langley Times account, Brandon Kaye is the brother of Blue Jays righthander Scott Richmond. Drafted in the 45th round by Toronto in ’09, Kaye pitched at Douglas College in British Columbia prior to transferring to the University of British Columbia.

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Ben Grisz (NDFA—Duke), RHP Jason Smith (NDFA—Black Hawk (Ill.) JC), SS Wes Schill (NDFA—Western Oklahoma State JC)
Draft picks signed: RHP Brian Dupra (7), RHP Ken Ferrer (28), LHP Blake Monar (12), LHP Todd Simko (21), C Erick Fernandez (25), 3B Bryce Ortega (41), SS Deion Williams (16), OF Shawn Pleffner (26)
Recalled: RHP Collin Balester
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Yunesky Maya
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Garrett Mock, RHP Matt Swynenberg, LHP Oliver Perez, C Carlos Maldonado, 3B Tim Pahuta, OF Destin Hood, OF Randolph Oduber
Placed on 60-day DL: OF Wander Nunez
Reinstated from DL: OF Justin Moore

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