Former 6th overall draft pick Ryan Harvey crushed indy ball pitching in 2012. - CB Wilkins
The Braves have signed right handed pitchers Robinson Lopez and Tim Corcoran, outfielder Ryan Harvey, and catcher Tim Corcoran to Minor League contracts.
The Braves have signed right handed pitchers Robinson Lopez and Tim Corcoran and outfielder Ryan Harvey to Minor League contracts. The team has also re-signed Jose Yepez to a Minor League deal. Lopez, who will turn 22 at the beginning of Spring Training, was originally signed by the Braves out of his native Dominican Republic and was traded to the Cubs in August of 201, along with fellow pitchers Tyrelle Harris and Jeff Lorick, for first baseman Derrek Lee. In 2012, Lopez played for Low A Peoria, going 4-3 with a 5.35 ERA, and a 1.57 WHIP in 69 innings over 26 appearances, 4 starts.
Corcoran, who will turn 35 in April, was originally a 44th round selection of the Mets, making his professional debut in 1997. In 15 professional seasons, he has played in the Mets, Orioles, Rays, Marlins, and Dodgers organizations, and went 5-9 with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 130.1 innings over 40 games, 17 starts, with Tampa Bay from 2005 to 2007. He began 2012 with AAA Albuquerque in the Dodgers organization, but was released after allowing 8 earned runs in just 3.1 innings over 3 appearances. He finished the season with Ciudad del Carmen in the Mexican League, going 7-4 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 93.2 innings over 16 games, 14 starts.
The 28 year old Harvey was the 6th overall selection in the 2003 draft by the Chicago Cubs, but was released by the organization following the 2008 season. He spent 2009 and 2010 with AA Tulsa in the Rockies organization, before joining the Red Sox for Spring Training in 2011. The Sox planned to convert him into a pitcher, but his results on the mound mixed in with a back injury caused the team to abandon that plan and release him mid-season. Harvey spent 2012 playing right field for the independent Lancaster Barnstormers, hitting .302 with a .905 OPS, 23 doubles, 27 homers, and 79 RBI in 427 plate appearances. In 9 Minor League seasons, Harvey, who has never played above AA, has hit .252 with a .771 OPS.
Yepez rejoins the organization after hitting .264 with a .724 OPS, 16 doubles, 3 homers, and 30 RBI in 294 plate appearances for AAA Gwinnett, the 31 year old's firs season in the organization. In 12 professional seasons, the catcher has yet to appear in a Major League game.
It has been previously reported, but the Braves have also signed catcher Matt Pagnozzi, infielder Blake DeWitt, and right handed pitcher Wirfin Obispo . The 30 year old Pagnozzi, nephew of former Major League Tom Pagnozzi, has hit .310 with a .744 OPS in 83 plate appearances in the Major leagues, appearing with the Cardinals in 2009 and 2010, and the Rockies and Pirates in 2011. In 2012, he hit .224 with a .683 OPS, 12 doubles, 7 homers, and 32 doubles in 292 plate appearances for AAA Columbus in the Indians chain. He was originally a 8th round pick of the Cardinals in 2003.
The 27 year old DeWitt has hit .257 with a .704 OPS in 1243 plate appearances in the Majors with the Dodgers and Cubs from 2008 to 2012. In 2012, he hit .138 with a .306 OPS in 30 plate appearances for the Cubs and hit .127 with a .403 OPS in 118 plate appearances for AAA Iowa. Originally a 1st round pick of the Dodgers in 2004, he's mostly played second base, but has also seen time at third base, shortstop, and left field.
The 28 year old Obispo originally signed with the Reds in 2006, spending one year in the Dominican Summer League, before playing in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants from 2007 to 2010 and the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2011. He returned to the US and the Reds in 2012, beginning the year with AA Pensacola, going 5-2 with a 2.23 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP in 76.2 innings over 25 games, 10 starts, before moving up to AAA Louisville, where he was 0-1 with a 6.05 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP in 19.1 innings over 10 games, 3 starts.
The Braves have also signed several pitchers to their first professional contract. Reineir Roll is a 25 year old right handed pitcher who stands 6'3" and defected from Cuba in 2009. He was a starting pitcher for Industriales before his defection. Dominican righty Jonathan Santiago will turn 19 in March and fellow Dominican righty Wilmi Francisco just turned 21.
The Blue Jays have signed right hander Buddy Carlyle to a Minor League deal. The 35 year old, who played in the Braves organization from 2007 to 2009, rejoined the team in 2012, and went 5-4 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 76 innings over 33 appearances for AAA Gwinnett. In 17 seasons as a professional, Carlyle has played for 4 Major League teams, 16 Minor League teams, 2 Japanese teams, and a Korean team.
Infielder Josh Wilson signed a Minor League contract with the Diamondbacks. The 31 year old hit .241 with a .662 OPS, 26 doubles, 5 homers, and 43 RBI in 452 plate appearances for AAA Gwinnett in 2012. In a 14 season career, he has played for 7 Major League teams and 13 Minor League teams.