Minor League Transactions: Feb. 23-28

This time: Feb. 23-28

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

Arizona Diamondbacks
1B Richie Rowland

Richie Rowland is the older brother of the Diamondbacks' most recent third-round pick Robby Rowland. Arizona signed Richie as a nondrafted junior from Campbellsville (Ky.) University last June.

Colorado Rockies
LHP Joe Torres

The 10th overall pick in the ’00 draft, Joe Torres joins his fifth organization. His strikeout rate spiked after a full-time move to the bullpen in ’06, but the 28-year-old has not yet logged any big league time. In fact, he has not yet reached Triple-A.

Houston Astros
LHP David Duncan (re-signed)

Los Angeles Angels
RHP Justin Harper

Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Joey Newby (Southern Maryland (Atlantic))

Milwaukee Brewers
C James Skelton

Lefty-swinging catcher James Skelton has been an on-base machine in the minors (.396 OBP), and he even dabbled at second base last season in the Pirates chain.

New York Mets
RHP Jack Egbert (re-signed)

The Mets claimed command-oriented righty Jack Egbert, a Staten Island native who attended Rutgers, on waivers in September ’09, only to see him miss the entire ’10 campaign to injury.

New York Yankees
1B Nick Ebert (NDFA—South Carolina)

Pittsburgh Pirates
3B Christian Colonel

Christian Colonel's whirlwind ’10 season included stops with the Red Sox (cut during spring training), Blue Jays, Padres, Braves and the Atlantic League's Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

San Diego Padres
LHP Randy Flores, LHP Dustin Pease (York (Atlantic))
Released: RHP Juan Chavez

Tampa Bay Rays
OF Justin Ruggiano*

Texas Rangers
RHP Cephas Howard (Wichita (American Association))

Howard ranked No. 3 on the 2009 Baseball America Top 10 all-independent leagues prospect team. The No. 1 prospect Reynaldo Rodriguez spent all of 2010 with the Red Sox low Class A club while No. 2 Adam Frost spent the year with the Royals high Class A club.

Washington Nationals
RHP Sam Brown, RHP Scott Mueller (Traverse City (Frontier))