Minor League Transactions: March 28-April 3

Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period March 28-April 3.

Each spring, a number of players take advantage of opportunity and strong performance to jump into a team’s plans and make an Opening Day roster. Find out the nine players who most surprised us.

Where are the disabled list moves, you ask? This season we’re breaking out injuries into a separate transactions report. This will facilitate a faster publication of the sign/release/trade portion of Minor League Transactions and also highlight the prospects-on-the-DL portion.

Arizona Diamondbacks
C Henry Blanco
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Daniel Hudson, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Bo Schultz, SS Didi Gregorius
Option transferred: RHP Chase Anderson (Triple-A to Double-A)

Atlanta Braves
LHP Luis Perez (released by Blue Jays, March 20)
Released: RHP Denis Granja, LHP Ryan Hinson, OF Brandon Boggs
Recalled: LHP Ryan Buchter
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Gus Schlosser, LHP Ian Thomas
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ervin Santana, LHP Ryan Buchter

With Brandon Beachy, Gavin Floyd, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Jonny Venters unavailable on Opening Day—and with Ervin Santana building his pitch count at Triple-A Gwinnett—the Braves had ample room on the pitching staff for longshots like Ryan Buchter (acquired in a minor trade for Rodrigo Lopez), Gus Schlosser (a 17th-round pick) and Ian Thomas (signed out of independent ball).

Baltimore Orioles
2B Tom DiBenedetto, SS Niuman Romero (released by Rockies, March 27)
Released: RHP Alfredo Aceves, RHP Clay Schrader, LHP Trent Howard, LHP Roy Merritt, 1B Scott Savastano, 1B Chad S. Tracy
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Evan Meek, OF Delmon Young (Article XX-B free agent)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Kevin Gausman, LHP T.J. McFarland, 2B Jemile Weeks
Designated for assignment: LHP Mike Belfiore (lost on waivers to Tigers)
Removed from 40-man: C Johnny Monell (outrighted to Triple-A)

Top prospect Kevin Gausman pitched well in spring training—2.45 ERA, 13/4 SO/BB ratio in 11 innings—but narrowly missed making the Orioles rotation. He’ll be up soon enough if he keeps pitching as he did in spring training.

Boston Red Sox
RHP Chris Balcom-Miller, RHP Francisco Cordero, RHP Shunsuke Watanabe, LHP Francisco Taveras, OF Scott Cousins, OF J.C. Linares
Recalled: OF Jackie Bradley
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Drake Britton, C Ryan Lavarnway, OF Jackie Bradley

The Red Sox acquired Chris Balcom-Miller in an August 2010 waiver trade with the Rockies in which they surrendered Manny Delcarmen. Lauded for plus control when he joined the organization, Balcom-Miller topped out at Double-A Portland, logging a 4.56 ERA and walk rate of 4.3 per nine innings over 51 appearances.

Chicago Cubs
RHP Joel Pineiro (released by Orioles, July 30)
Released: SS Francisco Sanchez, OF Mitch Maier, OF Darnell McDonald
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Brian Schlitter, C John Baker, 2B Emilio Bonifacio, OF Ryan Kalish
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Chris Rusin
Option transferred: RHP Arodys Vizcaino (Triple-A to high Class A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Alberto Cabrera (outrighted to Triple-A)

Chicago White Sox
RHP Mitchell Boggs (re-signed)
Released: RHP Brian Omogrosso, C Trey Wimmer, SS David Herbek
Traded: RHP Omar Poveda to Nationals for cash
Removed from 40-man: RHP Javy Guerra (outrighted to Triple-A)

Cincinnati Reds
3B Chris Nelson
Recalled: RHP Curtis Partch, C Tucker Barnhart
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Trevor Bell, SS Ramon Santiago (Article XX-B free agent), OF Roger Bernadina
Option transferred: RHP Carlos Contreras, RHP Daniel Corcino, OF Donald Lutz (Triple-A to Double-A), LHP Ismael Guillon (Double-A to low Class A)

Cleveland Indians
RHP Mark Lowe (released by Rays, March 26), RHP George Steuth, C Matt Colantonio (re-signed), C George Kottaras (released by Cubs, March 26)
Released: 1B Chun Chen, 1B Mitch Nilsson, 2B Zack MacPhee, 3B Paddy Matera, SS Robel Garcia
Recalled: RHP C.C. Lee
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Scott Atchison, 1B Jason Giambi, OF Nyjer Morgan
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP C.C. Lee
Option transferred: SS Erik Gonzalez (Triple-A to high Class A)
Designated for assignment: RHP Preston Guilmet, RHP Frank Herrmann, LHP Colt Hynes

Colorado Rockies
2B Renaldo Jenkins (released by Brewers, March 20)
Released: C Drew Beuerlein
Recalled: RHP Jordan Lyles
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jordan Lyles
Option transferred: SS Cristhian Adames (Triple-A to Double-A)

Detroit Tigers
RHP Patrick Cooper, RHP Mike Morrison, RHP Tyler Stohr, 3B Kevin Russo
Added to 40-man roster: OF Tyler Collins
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Mike Belfiore

Houston Astros
2B Raoul Torrez, OF Drew Muren
Traded: LHP Eric Berger to Athletics for cash
Removed from 40-man: LHP Raul Valdes (outrighted to Triple-A)

Kansas City Royals
LHP Everett Teaford, C Ramon Hernandez
Removed from 40-man: OF Carlos Peguero (outrighted to Triple-A)

The Royals released Everett Teaford, who pitched 106 innings for the Royals from 2011-13, so that he could sign with the LG Twins in Korea.

Los Angeles Angels
Added to 40-man roster:
3B Ian Stewart
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Brady, RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Jose Alvarez, 2B Grant Green, OF J.B. Shuck
Option transferred: LHP Michael Roth (Triple-A to Double-A)

Los Angeles Dodgers
SS Walter Ibarra (released by Cubs, March 27)
Released: RHP Joel Lima, RHP Romulo Sanchez, RHP Thomas Taylor, LHP Fu-Te Ni, C Jan Vazquez, 1B J.T. Wise, 2B Elevys Gonzalez, 2B Kevin Taylor, OF Pat Stover
Acquired: 1B Steve Proscia from Mariners for cash
Recalled: RHP Jose Dominguez
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jose Dominguez, SS Carlos Triunfel

Dodgers vice president of international scouting Bob Engle served as international scouting director for the Mariners at the time they signed Dominican shortstop Carlos Triunfel in 2006, so it’s not entirely surprising that the shortstop made his way to Los Angeles on a waiver claim. Though he has an incredible arm and seven times has ranked among Seattle’s Top 30 Prospects (actually, No. 31 one year), the 24-year-old Triunfel has made no impact in the majors, going 11-for-66 (.167) in two cups of coffee.

Miami Marlins
RHP Kevin Cravey, RHP Justin Jackson, RHP Matt Neil, RHP Dejai Oliver, RHP Brett Wallach, C Jose Behar, C David Cruz, C Michael Vaughn
Recalled: 2B Donovan Solano
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kevin Slowey, OF Reed Johnson (Article XX-B free agent)
Designated for assignment: RHP Mike Brady (lost on waivers to Angels)
Removed from 40-man: OF Brian Bogusevic (outrighted to Triple-A)

Milwaukee Brewers
1B Connor Narron (released by Orioles, March 25)
Released: LHP Will West
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Zach Duke, 1B Lyle Overbay, 1B Mark Reynolds (all three Article XX-B free agents)
Option transferred: 1B Jason Rogers (Triple-A to Double-A)

The Brewers cut ties with lefthander Will West, who in January got hit with a 100-game suspension on top of the 50-game penalty he incurred last August. He has failed three tests for recreational drug use plus another for a performance-enhancer (amphetamine), which will seriously impair the 2011 nondrafted free agent’s chances of latching on again in affiliated ball.

Much like the Marlins did last year when they added Austin Kearns, Casey Kotchman and Chad Qualls to their 40-man roster out of spring training, the Brewers kept all three Article XX(B) free agents—Zach Duke, Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds—they brought to camp on minor league deals.

Minnesota Twins
1B C.J. Ziegler, OF Evan Bigley
Recalled: RHP Mike Tonkin
Added to 40-man roster: SS Jason Bartlett, OF Jason Kubel (Article XX-B free agent)
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Mike Tonkin
Removed from 40-man: LHP Scott Diamond (outrighted to Triple-A)

New York Mets
OF Bobby Abreu (released by Phillies, March 27)
Recalled: 2B Wilmer Flores
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Kyle Farnsworth, SS Omar Quintanilla
Option transferred: RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Jeff Walters, OF Cesar Puello (Double-A to Triple-A), LHP Steve Matz (low Class A to high Class A), SS Wilfredo Tovar (Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Ryan Reid (outrighted to Triple-A)
Loaned to Mexican League: SS Juan Carlos Gamboa (to Mexico City)

New York Yankees
RHP Alfredo Aceves (released by Orioles, March 27)
Released: SS Addison Maruszak
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Yangervis Solarte
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Shane Greene, LHP Cesar Cabral, SS Eduardo Nunez
Option transferred: OF Slade Heathcott (Triple-A to Double-A)
Designated for assignment: SS Eduardo Nunez

Oakland Athletics
RHP Joe Blanton (released by Angels, March 26)
Released: LHP Trey Barham, OF Rashun Dixon, OF Myrio Richard
Acquired: LHP Eric Berger from Astros for cash
Recalled: RHP Josh Lindblom
Added to 40-man roster: SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (subsequently removed), OF Sam Fuld
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Lindblom, LHP Joe Savery, C Stephen Vogt, SS Hiroyuki Nakajima
Removed from 40-man: SS Hiroyuki Nakajima, OF Michael Taylor (outrighted to Triple-A)

Philadelphia Phillies
SS Ronny Cedeno (re-signed under new terms), OF Cavan Cohoes (released by Mariners, March 16)
Released: 1B Cody Overbeck, OF Dave Sappelt
Acquired: 2B Jayson Nix from Rays for cash
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Jeff Manship, LHP Mario Hollands, 2B Jayson Nix, OF Tony Gwynn Jr.
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Phillippe Aumont

Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Quincy Latimore
Added to 40-man roster: 1B Travis Ishikawa
Removed from 40-man: LHP Andy Oliver (outrighted to Triple-A)

St. Louis Cardinals
1B Jeremy Schaffer, 1B Jordan Walton, OF Lance Jeffries, OF Nick Longmire
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Pat Neshek
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Jorge Rondon
Option transferred: OF Mike O’Neill, OF Rafael Ortega (Triple-A to Double-A)

The Cardinals gave 2010 fifth-rounder Nick Longmire a season and a half at high Class A Palm Beach to realize his power stroke, but after hitting .212/.252/.323 with 12 homers in 197 games and striking out more than a quarter of the time, the 25-year-old will attempt to latch on with another organization.

A loaded outfield at Triple-A Memphis—featuring Top 10 Prospects, from left to right, Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk and Oscar Taveras—forces Mike O’Neill and Rafael Ortega to repeat the Double-A level, at least until the Redbirds logjam clears.

San Diego Padres
1B A.J. Kirby-Jones, 3B Chris Burke, 3B Clint Moore, OF Malquiel Brito, OF Everett Williams
Added to 40-man roster: OF Xavier Nady
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Bobby LaFromboise, 1B Kyle Blanks

Amateur scouts loved Everett Williams’ athleticism and bat potential when he was an Austin area high schooler in 2009, but that potential failed to translate in pro ball. The Padres landed Williams in the second round of the '09 draft and signed him for $775,000, but a series of injuries and generally uninspired play led to his release this spring at age 23. The lefthanded batter hit .249/.314/.356 in 317 games as a Padres farmhand, striking out 26 percent of the time and hitting 13 homers.

The Padres acquired A.J. Kirby-Jones as a complementary piece in the November 2012 deal in which they also obtained righthander Tyson Ross from the Athletics. San Diego parted with Andrew Werner and Andy Parrino in the deal, and neither player appears on Oakland’s 40-man roster (though Parrino is on the Rangers’ 40-man).

San Francisco Giants
RHP Justin Fitzgerald, RHP Stephen Harrold, RHP Daryl Maday, RHP Jose Valdez, LHP Tom Vessella, SS Bobby Haney
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Juan Gutierrez, SS Brandon Hicks
Option transferred: 1B Angel Villalona (Triple-A to Double-A)
Designated for assignment: OF Roger Kieschnick (lost on waivers to Diamondbacks)

Seattle Mariners
LHP Clay Rapada (released by Angels, March 23)
Released: RHP Yeuri Gonzalez, LHP Jeremy Dobbs, LHP Randy Wolf, C Nick Ammirati, C Brandon Bantz, C Franklin Diaz
Traded: 1B Steve Proscia to Dodgers for cash
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Joe Beimel, LHP Roenis Elias
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Blake Beavan, RHP Brandon Maurer, LHP Lucas Luetge, 2B Nick Franklin
Option transferred: LHP Anthony Fernandez (Double-A to Triple-A)
Designated for assignment: SS Carlos Triunfel (lost on waivers to Dodgers)
Removed from 40-man: OF Xavier Avery (outrighted to Triple-A)

Tampa Bay Rays
RHP Bryce Stowell (released by Indians, March 18), LHP Erik Bedard (re-signed under new terms), 2B Mike Fontenot (released by Nationals, March 26)
Released: C Ryan McChesney
Traded: 2B Jayson Nix to Phillies for cash
Recalled: 3B Vince Belnome
Optioned to Triple-A: 3B Vince Belnome

Texas Rangers
RHP Scott Baker (released by Mariners, March 25)
Released: RHP Armando Rodriguez, RHP Johan Yan, 1B Mike Bianucci
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Daniel McCutchen, SS Josh Wilson
Option transferred: RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, RHP Roman Mendez (Double-A to Triple-A), RHP Wilmer Font (Triple-A to Double-A), RHP Matt West (high Class A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: LHP Michael Kirkman, C Chris Gimenez, 2B Adam Rosales (all players outrighted to Triple-A)

Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Chuck Ghysels, RHP Ian Kadish, RHP Scott Shuman, RHP Cale Wine, OF Chris Hawkins
Recalled: C Erik Kratz
Added to 40-man roster: SS Jonathan Diaz
Option transferred: RHP Deck McGuire (Triple-A to Double-A)
Removed from 40-man: 3B Matt Tuiasosopo (outrighted to Triple-A)

A 2010 third-round pick out of high school, corner outfielder Chris Hawkins played well at Rookie-level Bluefield in 2011 but fell on hard times at low Class A Lansing in 2012-13, hitting .250/.312/.324 with five homers in 231 games. Unlike many young prospects who wash out with their first organization, Hawkins’ undoing wasn’t a lack of contact. He struck out about 15 percent of the time, but the 22-year-old lefty hitter didn’t make enough hard contact in the Midwest League, perhaps owing to an unconventional hitting technique.

A minor league Rule 5 pick from the Giants last December, righty reliever Scott Shuman marries low hit rates with astronomical strikeout (career 14.1 per nine innings) and walk rates (8.6 per nine). Despite running up a 9.51 ERA as a reliever at Double-A Richmond last year, he allowed zero homers in 28 appearances.

Washington Nationals
LHP Aaron Laffey (released by Orioles, March 24), C Brandon Bantz (released by Mariners, March 29), C Alex Marquez (released by Royals, March 24)
Released: C Sam Palace
Acquired: RHP Omar Poveda from White Sox for cash
Recalled: C Sandy Leon