Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Major Returns on Minor Signings

Tis the season for free agent signings. Names such as Victor Martinez, Jorge de la Rosa, Juan Uribe, and Jake Westbrook are grabbing the headlines due to their multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts. Going relatively unnoticed are a bunch of minor league contract signings. The list below is a collection of players from the 2010 season that were signed to minor league deals and made an impact/significant contribution to their team. Some playoff teams would have been lost without the contributions of some of these players (Valdez/PHI, Thames/NYY, Benoit/TBR, Casilla/SFG). There's a pair of 200 innings-eaters, a few star relievers, and even a couple useful bats. One member of this list flipped his minor league signing last winter into a lucrative guaranteed deal this offseason. Wonder what 2011 minor league contracts will make the list next year?

Batters:*(AVG/OPS)
Laynce Nix/OF/Reds- 97 G, 165 AB, 16 R, 48 H, 11 2B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, .291/.805.
Marcus Thames/OF/DH/Yankees- 82 G, 212 AB, 22 R, 61 H, 7 2B, 12 HR, 33 RBI, .288/.841.
Miguel Cairo/UTL/Reds- 91 G, 200 AB, 30 R, 58 H, 12 2B, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 4 SB, .290/.763.
Corey Patterson/OF/Orioles- 90 G, 308 AB, 43 R, 83 H, 16 2B, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 21 SB, .268/.721.
Austin Kearns/OF/Indians/Yankees- 120 G, 403 AB, 55 R, 106 H, 21 2B, 10 HR, 49 RBI, 4 SB, .263/.746.
Mike Sweeney/1B/DH/Mariners/Phillies- 56 G, 151 AB, 21 R, 38 H, 5 2B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 3 SB, .252/.765.
Wilson Valdez/UTL/Phillies- 111 G, 333 AB, 37 R, 86 H, 16 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 7 SB, .258/.667.
Matt Stairs/OF/Padres- 78 G, 99 AB, 14 R, 23 H, 6 2B, 6 HR, 16 RBI, .232/.781.
Darnell McDonald/OF/Red Sox- 117 G, 319 AB, 40 R, 86 H, 18 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 9 SB, .270/.766.
Chris Denorfia/OF/Padres- 99 G, 284 AB, 41 R, 77 H, 15 2B, 9 HR, 36 RBI, 8 SB, .271/.769.
Shelley Duncan/OF/Indians- 85 G, 229 AB, 29 R, 53 H, 10 2B, 11 HR, 36 RBI, .231/.736.
Wilson Betemit/3B/Royals- 84 G, 276 AB, 36 R, 82 H, 20 2B, 13 HR, 43 RBI, .297/.889.
Jim Edmonds/OF/Brewers/Reds- 86 G, 246 AB, 44 R, 68 H, 23 2B, 11 HR, 23 RBI, .276/.846.

Pitchers:*(ERA/WHIP)
Joaquin Benoit/RP/Rays- 63 G, 60.1 IP, 75 K, 1.63/0.68.
Elmer Dessens/RP/Mets- 4 W, 53 G, 47 IP, 16 K, 2.30/1.21.
Livan Hernandez/SP/Nationals- 10 W, 33 GS, 211.2 IP, 114 K, 3.66/1.32.
DJ Carrasco/RP/Pirates/Diamondbacks- 3 W, 63 G, 78.1 IP, 65 K, 3.68/1.30.
Joe Beimel/RP/Rockies- 71 G, 45 IP, 21 K, 3.40/1.36.
Bruce Chen/SP/Royals- 12 W, 33 G, 23 GS, 140.1 IP, 98 K, 4.17/1.38.
Will Ohman/RP/Orioles/Braves- 68 G, 42 IP, 43 K, 3.21/1.50.
Guillermo Mota/RP/Giants- 56 G, 54 IP, 38 K, 4.33/1.32.
Rodrigo Lopez/SP/Diamondbacks- 7 W, 33 GS, 200 IP, 116 K, 5.00/1.42.
Miguel Batista/RP/Nationals- 58 G, 82.2 IP, 55 K, 3.70/1.33.
Dustin Moseley/SP/RP/Yankees- 4 W, 16 G, 9 GS, 65.1 IP, 33 K, 4.98/1.42.
Jamey Wright/RP/Indians/Mariners- 46 G, 58.1 IP, 28 K, 4.17/1.37.
Alfredo Simon/RP/Orioles- 4 W, 49 G, 17 SV, 49.1 IP, 37 K, 4.93/1.54.
Joel Peralta/RP/Nationals- 39 G, 49 IP, 49 K, 2.02/0.80.
Denny Bautista/RP/Giants- 31 G, 33.2 IP, 44 K, 3.74/1.55.
RA Dickey/SP/Mets- 11 W, 26 GS, 174.1 IP, 104 K, 2.84/1.19.
Santiago Casilla/RP/Giants- 7 W, 52 G, 55.1 IP, 56 K, 1.95/1.19.

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