Minor League Transactions: March 14-20

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period March 14-20.

Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Alex Capaul, RHP Chris Cox, RHP Mike DeMark, RHP Donny Medlinger, RHP Jared Ray, LHP Matt Way, 1B Tyler Bream, 2B Adam McConnell, 3B Bubu Garcia, 3B Chris Nowak, SS Niko Gallego, OF Raoul Torrez
Returned Rule 5 selection: RHP Starling Peralta (to Cubs)
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Tyler Skaggs

Chris Cox (Can-Am), Chris Nowak (Atlantic) and Matt Way (Atlantic) all signed with the Diamondbacks out of independent leagues last fall.

Atlanta Braves
RHP Donovan Drake, RHP Dave Filak, RHP Andrew Wilson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP David Hale, 1B Ernesto Mejia

The Braves moved Dave Filak, a '10 fourth-rounder from Oneonta State (N.Y.), to the low Class A bullpen last summer, but the results (5.40 ERA, 12 walks in 16 2/3 innings) did not improve. In two seasons with Rome, Filak went 7-14, 6.24 in 37 games (29 starts) with a 1.58 WHIP, 8.2 strikeouts and 5.1 walks per nine innings.

Baltimore Orioles
1B Mike Flacco to Red Sox for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Todd Redmond, C Luis Exposito, OF L.J. Hoes
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Dylan Bundy

Boston Red Sox
RHP Chad Nading (San Angelo (North American))
Released: RHP Brenden Shepard, RHP Tyler Wilson, C Adalberto Ibarra, 2B Zach Gentile
Acquired: 1B Mike Flacco from Orioles for cash considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Rubby de la Rosa, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Alex Wilson, C Dan Butler
Optioned to Double-A: C Christian Vazquez

Chicago Cubs
RHP Ryan Hartman, RHP Su-Min Jung
Acquired: 1B Jose Dore from Padres for future considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Josh Vitters, SS Junior Lake
Optioned to Double-A: 3B Christian Villanueva
Optioned to high Class A: OF Jorge Soler

The Cubs have acquired a handful of Padres prospects in recent years, including Jose Dore ('10 eighth round; signed for $450,000), righthander Zach Cates ('10 third round; signed for $765,000) and first baseman Anthony Rizzo (no introduction necessary). This is no coincidence given that Chicago GM Jed Hoyer, senior VP of scouting and player development Jason McLeod and scouting director Jaron Madison acquired all three players when they manned the same posts in the Padres front office.

Chicago White Sox
RHP Leroy Hunt, RHP Keegan Linza, RHP Dustin Umberger, LHP Chris Hanna, LHP Connor Whalen
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Deunte Heath, RHP Jhan Marinez, RHP Andre Rienzo, C Josh Phegley, 3B Brent Morel, OF Jared Mitchell

Cincinnati Reds
RHP Ryan Fennell, RHP Cole Green, RHP Erik Miller, 1B Robert Maddox, OF Matt Lentz, OF Andrew Means
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Curtis Partch, RHP Pedro Villarreal, 1B Neftali Soto, 3B Henry Rodriguez
Optioned to Double-A: 1B Donald Lutz

Cleveland Indians
2B Aaron Fields
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Mike McDade, SS Juan Diaz

Colorado Rockies
SS Niko Gallego (released by D-backs, March 14)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Joe Gardner, RHP Will Harris, RHP Josh Sullivan, 3B Ryan Wheeler, OF Tim Wheeler

Detroit Tigers
Optioned to Triple-A: 
RHP Jose Ortega, LHP Duane Below, LHP Casey Crosby, C Bryan Holaday
Optioned to Double-A: 2B Hernan Perez

Houston Astros
OF Raoul Torrez (released by D-backs, March 14)
Released: RHP Zach Grimmett, LHP Jeremiah Meiners, 3B John Hinson
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Paul Clemens, RHP John Ely, RHP Jordan Lyles, LHP Dallas Keuchel, 2B Jimmy Paredes, SS Jonathan Villar, OF Robbie Grossman

Kansas City Royals
3B Matt Sweeney
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Nate Adcock, LHP Will Smith, LHP Everett Teaford

Los Angeles Angels
C Chris Snyder (released by Nationals, March 18)
Released: RHP Frank DeJiulio, RHP Bryant George, RHP Chris Scholl, LHP Junior Carlin, LHP Dakota Robinson, C Adrian Gutierrez, 1B Casey Haerther, OF Drew Martinez, OF James Sneed
Acquired: RHP Mike Cisco from Phillies for future considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ryan Brasier, RHP Barry Enright, RHP Michael Kohn

Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Bernardo Reyes, C Dashenko Ricardo (released by Giants, Jan. 24)
Released: RHP Riley Welch, LHP Kazuki Nishijima, LHP Jordan Roberts, C Ramon Castro, 1B Nick Evans, 3B Dallas McPherson, OF Gregory Pena, OF Kyle Russell
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Shawn Tolleson, RHP Chris Withrow, SS Justin Sellers

The Dodgers signed 17-year-old Bernardo Reyes out of Sonora, Mexico, according to this LA Daily News piece.

Dashenko Ricardo caught eight games for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, going 5-for-22 (.227) at the plate and helping the pitching staff navigate its way to the semifinal round. He threw out 37 percent of basestealers last season in the short-season Northwest League with an arm so strong that the Giants attempted to convert him to pitcher in '11 after taking him in the minor league Rule 5 draft.

Kyle Russell established University of Texas records for both single-season (28) and career (57) home runs, and the '07 third-rounder ought to have no trouble latching on with another club if he’s healthy. Despite striking out nearly a third of the time at the Double-A level, Russell hit 40 homers in 270 games, posting an isolated slugging percentage of .229.

Miami Marlins
C Koyie Hill (released by Rangers, Sept. 4)
Released: RHP Luis Gomez (also played as Daniel Gil), RHP Jose Rodriguez, LHP Kevin Gelinas, 2B Chone Figgins, 3B Pedro Mendoza
Returned Rule 5 selection: LHP Braulio Lara (to Rays)

Lefty Kevin Gelinas struck out 29 and walked five in 23 relief innings last season for Abilene of the North American League, ranking as BA’s top prospect in the independent leagues.

Milwaukee Brewers
RHP Stosh Wawrzasek, SS Bobby Crosby
Traded: RHP Darren Byrd to Athletics for 3B Steve Parker
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Hiram Burgos

Minnesota Twins
1B Curt Smith
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kyle Gibson, LHP Caleb Thielbar, OF Oswaldo Arcia

Curt Smith, everyday first baseman for the Netherlands in the WBC, went 9-for-28 (.321) in the tournament to earn a shot with the Twins. He spent last season at Double-A with the Marlins, and the 26-year-old won player of the year honors in the '08 Appalachian League while in the Cardinals system.

New York Mets
Optioned to Double-A: 
3B Wilmer Flores

New York Yankees
OF Matt Diaz

Oakland Athletics
RHP Argenis Paez, LHP Garrett Olson (signed by Doosan (Korea))
Traded: LHP Ian Krol to Nationals to complete three-team deal in which Nationals sent OF Michael Morse to Mariners, Mariners sent C John Jaso to Athletics, and Athletics sent RHPs A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen and a player to be named to Nationals
Traded: 3B Steve Parker to Brewers for RHP Darren Byrd
Loaned to Mexican League: SS Hiram Martinez (to Quintana Roo)
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Grant Green, OF Michael Taylor

Philadelphia Phillies
RHP Garett Claypool, RHP Tim Kennelly, RHP Moises Rivas, RHP Matt Sisto, LHP Luis Gonzalez, LHP Corey Young, 1B Chris Duffy, 2B Stefan Jarrin, OF Gauntlett Eldemire
Traded: RHP Mike Cisco to Angels for future considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Justin De Fratus, LHP Jake Diekman, 2B Cesar Hernandez

A 40th-round pick in '11, Stefan Jarrin was the player to be named received by the Phillies in last summer’s Shane Victorino deal with the Dodgers. Philadelphia also acquired righties Ethan Martin and Josh Lindblom in that deal.

Pittsburgh Pirates
3B Jolbert Cabrera (Puebla (Mexican))
Released: RHP Mike Colla, RHP Aliaksei Lukashevich, LHP Martires Cadet, LHP Wilson Lee, LHP Porfirio Lopez, LHP Philippe Valiquette
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Phil Irwin, LHP Andy Oliver, C Tony Sanchez

Aliaksei Lukashevich made 13 appearances in Gulf Coast League last year, his first pro season, but more notably he’s the first player ever signed out of Belarus.

St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Cesar Aguilar, RHP Burny Mitchem, 1B Roberto de la Cruz, SS Daniel Barbuena, OF Virgil Hill, OF Ricardo Lizcano, OF Reggie Williams Jr.
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Michael Blazek, RHP Keith Butler, RHP Eric Fornataro, RHP Victor Marte, RHP Eduardo Sanchez, SS Ryan Jackson

Intrigued by his raw power, the Cardinals dropped $1.1 million to sign Roberto de la Cruz on July 2, 2008. Despite threatening the Appalachian League record books with 16 homers in '11, he never advanced past low Class A in the Cardinals system, batting .227/.262/.384 in 846 career at-bats.

San Diego Padres
RHP Daniel Cropper, RHP James Jones, RHP Eddie Kunz, RHP Ryan Quigley, RHP Adam Schrader, RHP Will Scott, RHP Chris Wilkes, LHP Jeremy Gigliotti, LHP Jeremy Gould, LHP Dustin Pease, 1B Alexi Colon, 1B Connor Powers
Traded: 1B Jose Dore to Cubs for future considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Miles Mikolas, OF Jaff Decker

Wendell Fairley

Wendell Fairley (Photo by Brian Westerholt)

San Francisco Giants
RHP Yusmeiro Petit (accepted outright assignment), C Mark Wagner (Wichita (American Association)
Released: RHP Demondre Arnold, RHP Keith Bilodeau, RHP Matt Graham, RHP Tyler Hess, RHP Reinier Roibal, LHP Zak Edgington, LHP Gaspar Santiago, LHP Jason Stevenson, C Rey Duran, 2B Jose Cuevas, OF Wendell Fairley, OF Nick Liles, OF Jarrad Page
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jake Dunning, RHP Chris Heston, RHP Dan Otero, RHP Sandy Rosario, SS Ehire Adrianza, SS Nick Noonan, OF Roger Kieschnick, OF Juan Perez
Optioned to high Class A: LHP Edwin Escobar
Removed from 40-man: RHP Yusmeiro Petit (outrighted to Triple-A)

The 29th pick in the '07 draft, Wendell Fairley topped out in Double-A, where he put up a .613 OPS in parts of two seasons. The toolsy Mississippi prep outfielder batted .257/.340/.328 in 1,396 career at-bats in the Giants system. San Francisco more than salvaged that '07 draft, however, taking lefty Madison Bumgarner 10th overall, righty Tim Alderson 22nd overall and second baseman Charlie Culberson 51st overall. Through trades, the Giants turned Alderson into Freddy Sanchez and Culberson into Marco Scutaro, the starting second basemen on the club’s 2010 and '12 World Series winners, respectively.

Seattle Mariners
RHP Wes Alsup, RHP Mario DeJesus, RHP Nolan Diaz, RHP Joe DiRocco, RHP Tim Griffin, RHP Ambioris Hidalgo, RHP Brandon Plotz, RHP Marcos Reyna, RHP John Taylor, 1B Reginald Lampe
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Yoervis Medina, RHP Hector Noesi, LHP Danny Hultzen, LHP Bobby LaFromboise, 3B Vinnie Catricala, 3B Alex Liddi, SS Carlos Triunfel, OF Eric Thames
Optioned to Double-A: 3B Francisco Martinez, OF Julio Morban

Tampa Bay Rays
Optioned to Triple-A: 
RHP Josh Lueke, C Robinson Chirinos, C Stephen Vogt, SS Tim Beckham, SS Hak-Ju Lee, OF Brandon Guyer

Texas Rangers
RHP Yoshinori Tateyama
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Wilmer Font, LHP Jeff Beliveau, 3B Mike Olt, OF Engel Beltre

Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Marco Grifantini (Parma (Italy))
Released: RHP Mike Benacka, RHP Matt Daly, RHP Jon Lucas, RHP Ronald Uviedo, LHP Greg Smith, C Joel Galarraga
Optioned to Triple-A: 1B Lars Anderson, SS Ryan Goins
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Chad Jenkins

A product of UC Davis, Marco Grifantini signed with Parma of the Italian League in '09 and spent four seasons there. He pitched for Italy in the recently-completed World Baseball Classic, making one relief appearance and allowing three runs on three hits in one inning, striking out two.

Washington Nationals
RHP Randy Consuegra, RHP Francisco Samuel, C Chris Snyder
Acquired: LHP Ian Krol from Athletics to complete three-team deal in which Nationals sent OF Michael Morse to Mariners, Mariners sent C John Jaso to Athletics, and Athletics sent RHPs A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen and a player to be named to Nationals
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Erik Davis, RHP Yunesky Maya, RHP Ryan Perry, C Jhonatan Solano, 1B Chris Marrero, OF Corey Brown, OF Eury Perez
Optioned to Double-A: RHP Nate Karns, C Sandy Leon, 3B Anthony Rendon