Minor League Transactions: March 9-15

Minor league spring training camps opened across Arizona and Florida at the end of last week, opening their doors to the flood of 40-man roster players who had been optioned to the minor league side. You'll find 189 examples in this blog post alone.

Please to not assume the optional assignments listed are *guarantees* of Opening Day assignments. Teams have made the designations with MLB, but they are of course subject to change.

An asterisk (*) denotes a case in which a player has signed a minor league deal after either being outrighted from his club's 40-man roster or optioned from the 25-man roster.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed:
LHP Adam Kudryk (Mississauga (Intercounty)), LHP Leyson Septimo*
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Collmenter, RHP Kevin Mulvey, LHP Zach Kroenke, C John Hester, OF Cole Gillespie
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Leyson Septimo
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Yonata Ortega
Optioned to low Class A: RHP Juan Jaime

A Toronto native, Adam Kudryk began the ’08 season with Texarkana (Texas) JC, but he ended it with a torn labrum. Facing surgery and a 12-month recovery period, he headed to Canadian training facility The Baseball Zone to rehab and build arm strength. He spent the ’10 season playing semipro ball in Canada's Intercounty Baseball League, where he made 12 appearances. Last month, the 23-year-old Kudryk hit 90 mph at an MLB Scouting Bureau tryout camp.

Atlanta Braves
Released:
RHP Matt Small
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Erik Cordier, LHP Lee Hyde, LHP Jose Ortegano
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Randall Delgado

Baltimore Orioles
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Brandon Erbe, RHP Chorye Spoone, LHP Troy Patton, LHP Pedro Viola, 1B Joe Mahoney
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Luis Lebron, SS Pedro Florimon

Boston Red Sox
Signed:
C Matt Spring
Released:
RHP Doug Wogee
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Stolmy Pimentel, 2B Oscar Tejeda

A Devil Rays' fourth-round pick in ’04, Matt Spring hit just .210/.278/.369 in seven years in the system, topping 300 plate appearances in a season only once. He's a fundamentally-sound receiver who brings the proverbial intangibles to a minor league club—that is, he works well with kids.

Chicago Cubs
Released:
LHP John Mincone
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Esmailin Caridad, RHP Robert Coello, RHP Thomas Diamond, LHP John Gaub
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Alberto Cabrera, RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Kyle Smit

Chicago White Sox
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Anthony Carter, RHP Freddy Dolsi, RHP Lucas Harrell, RHP Jhonny Nunez, SS Eduardo Escobar, OF Stefan Gartrell
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Kyle Cofield, RHP Nathan Jones

Cincinnati Reds
Signed:
OF Brennan May (NDFA—Tallahassee (Fla.) CC)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Daryl Thompson, LHP Philippe Valiquette
Optioned to Double-A: C Yasmani Grandal

Heading into the ’08 draft, we labeled Brennan May an "athlete with raw tools (who has) quick hands and raw power." He went undrafted out of Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga., and embarked on a two-year junior college career, first at Middle Georgia JC and then at Tallahassee CC.

Cleveland Indians
Signed:
1B Nick Johnson
Released: 1B Chris Kersten
Voluntarily retired: 1B Andrew Kinney
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Corey Kluber, RHP Zach McAllister, RHP Hector Rondon, 3B Jared Goedert, OF Nick Weglarz
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Kelvin de la Cruz, LHP Nick Hagadone

Colorado Rockies
Signed:
OF Cole Garner*
Released: C Chad Moeller
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Edgmer Escalona, RHP Clayton Mortensen, RHP Cory Riordan, C Michael McKenry, SS Chris Nelson, OF Cole Garner
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Casey Weathers, C Wilin Rosario, SS Hector Gomez

Detroit Tigers
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Lester Oliveros, RHP Jose Ortega, LHP Duane Below, LHP Andy Oliver, 3B Audy Ciriaco, SS Cale Iorg, OF Ryan Strieby
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Jacob Turner

Florida Marlins
Signed:
RHP Adalberto Mendez*
Removed from 40-man roster: RHP Adalberto Mendez (Triple-A)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Ceda
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Evan Reed, C Chris Hatcher
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Arquimedes Caminero

Houston Astros
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP David Carpenter, RHP Cesar Carrillo, RHP Jorge De Leon, RHP Arcenio Leon, 2B Jimmy Paredes

Kansas City Royals
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Kevin Pucetas, LHP Everett Teaford, 1B Clint Robinson, OF David Lough
Optioned to Double-A: SS Jeff Bianchi, OF Derrick Robinson

Los Angeles Angels
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Ysmael Carmona, OF Jeremy Moore
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Loek Van Mil

Los Angeles Dodgers
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Jon Link, RHP Carlos Monasterios, 1B John Lindsey, 3B Russ Mitchell, OF Jamie Hoffmann, OF Trayvon Robinson
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Luis Vasquez

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed:
SS Yancarlos Ortiz
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Amaury Rivas
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Cody Scarpetta, LHP Dan Merklinger

The Twins signed Yancarlos Ortiz out of the Dominican in ’03, but he advanced past Double-A only briefly, appearing in seven games for Triple-A Rochester last season. The 5-foot-9 switch-hitter has managed a career batting line of just .235/.313/.281, but with quickness, sure hands and a strong arm, it's defense that is the 26-year-old's calling card.

Minnesota Twins
Signed:
RHP Gerardo Ramirez, RHP Gonzalo Sanudo, LHP Andrew Albers (Quebec (Can-Am))
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP David Bromberg, RHP Eric Hacker, RHP Anthony Swarzak, OF Rene Tosoni
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Deolis Guerra, 1B Chris Parmelee, OF Joe Benson

New York Mets
Signed:
RHP Manny Alvarez*
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Manny Alvarez, RHP Josh Stinson, 3B Zach Lutz, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Fernando Martinez
Optioned to Double-A: 2B Jordany Valdespin
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Armando Rodriguez

New York Yankees
Rule 5 selection returned:
RHP Dan Turpen (to Red Sox)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Hector Noesi

Oakland Athletics
Signed:
C Seong-Min Kim
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Fautino de los Santos, 2B Adrian Cardenas, OF Sean Doolittle
Optioned to Double-A: LHP Pedro Figueroa

Signed for $510,000, South Korean catcher Seong-Min Kim impresses scouts with plus raw power. Ben Badler has the full report on the 17-year-old backstop.

Philadelphia Phillies
Released:
C Ryan Gugel, 1B Robb Quinlan
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Drew Naylor
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Justin De Fratus, RHP J.C. Ramirez, 1B Matt Rizzotti, 2B Harold Garcia, SS Carlos Rivero
Optioned to high Class A: 2B Cesar Hernandez

Pittsburgh Pirates
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Bryan Morris, LHP Daniel Moskos, LHP Tony Watson, OF Gorkys Hernandez, OF Alex Presley
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Ramon Aguero, LHP Jeff Locke, LHP Aaron Thompson
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Kyle McPherson

St. Louis Cardinals
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP David Kopp, RHP Adam Reifer, RHP Francisco Samuel, RHP P.J. Walters, SS Pete Kozma
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Maikel Cleto

San Diego Padres
Released:
RHP Chris Rollins
Voluntarily retired: RHP Aaron Everett, RHP Gary Poynter
Rule 5 selection returned: RHP George Kontos (to Yankees)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Simon Castro, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Evan Scribner, LHP Aaron Poreda, C Luis Martinez
Optioned to high Class A: 2B Jeudy Valdez

San Francisco Giants
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Henry Sosa, LHP Alex Hinshaw, LHP Clayton Tanner, 3B Conor Gillaspie, OF Thomas Neal
Optioned to Double-A: SS Ehire Adrianza, OF Francisco Peguero
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Jose Casilla

Seattle Mariners
Signed:
LHP Nate Robertson (re-signed), 1B Mike Carp*
Released: LHP Nate Robertson (and subsequently re-signed)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chaz Roe, LHP Edward Paredes, LHP Mauricio Robles, 1B Mike Carp, 3B Alex Liddi, OF Greg Halman, OF Carlos Peguero
Optioned to Double-A: OF Johermyn Chavez
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Yoervis Medina

The Mariners released and re-signed Nate Robertston after learning that he requires elbow surgery to remove loose bodies.

Tampa Bay Rays
Signed: RHP Matt Bush*
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Chris Archer, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Dane de la Rosa, RHP Brandon Gomes, LHP Alex Torres, C Nevin Ashley, C Robinson Chirinos, OF Brandon Guyer, OF Desmond Jennings
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Matt Bush
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Albert Suarez

Texas Rangers
Optioned to Triple-A:
LHP Zach Phillips
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Fabio Castillo, LHP Miguel de los Santos, OF Engel Beltre
Optioned to high Class A: RHP Wilmer Font

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed:
SS Chris Woodward
Released: C Cody Lassley
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Alan Farina, RHP Robert Ray, RHP Josh Roenicke, LHP Brad Mills, LHP Luis Perez, C Brian Jeroloman, OF Darin Mastroianni
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Joel Carreno, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, OF Moises Sierra

Washington Nationals
Signed:
RHP Garrett Mock*, LHP Atahualpa Severino*, C Lou Santangelo
Released:
RHP Cla Meredith
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Adam Carr, RHP Garrett Mock, LHP Atahualpa Severino
Optioned to low Class A: OF Bryce Harper

Organizations always seek strong defensive catchers and shortstops to help develop their minor league pitchers, and that's no different for the Nationals here with Lou Santangelo. A fourth-rounder from Clemson in ’04, he has plenty of Double-A (238 games) and Triple-A (98) experience, but he's batted just .235/.305/.399 for his career. With Washington, he's clearly behind Jesus Flores, Wilson Ramos and Ivan Rodriguez on the depth chart.

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