Minor Moves: Spoone, Tolleson, Socolovich

Here is a recap of today's minor league moves…

  • The Red Sox have signed right-hander Chorye Spoone to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, reports Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com. The deal is pending a physical. The Orioles designated the 26-year-old for assignment in July, and he pitched to a 4.50 ERA in 122 innings this season.
  • The Orioles have signed Steven Tolleson, reports Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun (on Twitter). The 28-year-old infielder hit .275/.358/.394 in 557 plate appearances in the Athletics' and Padres' farm systems in 2011.
  • Within the same link, Connolly also reports that the Orioles signed Miguel Socolovich. The 25-year-old righty struck out 11.1 batters per nine innings in the White Sox's system this year, posting a 3.44 ERA in 55 relief innings.

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7 Comments on "Minor Moves: Spoone, Tolleson, Socolovich"

3 years 9 months ago

And the annual tradition of the Sox signing a pitcher with a silly name continues

3 years 9 months ago

Time for Zink to replace Wake

3 years 9 months ago

Now there’s a guy i wouldn’t mind bringing back for depth.  Solid minor league SP up through 2008.

3 years 9 months ago

Wow, 4.2 K/9 and 6.8 BB/9 to go along with a 5.50 ERA in 32 AAA innings last year.  I get that it’s nothing more than a depth signing, but I think he may actually make Pawtucket (AAA) a worse team.

3 years 9 months ago

When I saw the following 25-year-old righty struck out 11.1 batters per nine innings
I was like oh power relief pitcher, the O’s don’t have too many of those.
Then when I read the scouting report, I was like oh here we go again, our minor league system and 40 mlb roster is littered with players like him.

Socolovich’s fastball sits between 88-92 mph.  He uses his fastball predominantly.  Also occasionally mixes in a 86-87 mph slider and a low-to-mid 80s changeup.  Socolovich had to have a TJ surgery early in the summer of 2005, missing the entire season. Took time to recover from surgery through 2006.  Needs to sustain his fastball better.  Good bullpen potential, still very raw.  Demonstrates success against weaker hitters, but seriously struggled even at the Intermediate A-ball level when given a shot.  

I am sure Rick Adair will fix that problem right away. He did so well with the pitching staff after Connor resigned!

Steven Tolleson. o good more depth. That is exactly what the O’s need to pull themselvs out of the cellar. I am a new man now, I am with it. That’s exactly what the O’s need, more depth. Now with Antonelli in the fold, the Orioles should be the first team that claims that newly formed Wild Card Spot. 

Finally, I was reading an article in the Sun the other day and came across this: At 19, faced with the possibility of not being able to play baseball for the summer, Dan Duquette struck out on his own. He created a semipro team to represent his hometown

I think he’s doing it again, but he’s creating a semipro team in Baltimore, not his hometown!
That’s just peachy!


3 years 9 months ago

It really is too bad that you have become so jaded that you cannot see these for what they are: minor league depth with a chance to help if called on. Are they expected to be starters and/or major contributors? No, and no one believes they are. However, we need to replace the Jakubauskasasasasas of the world, and he put up 48IP-46H-25BB-63K as a 24 YO in AAA. How is this a bad signing?

3 years 9 months ago

Feel good The Duke has not gone on a Troy O’leary, Saberhagen, reggie jefferson, Bill Hasselman type binge yet in his never ending search of the scrap heap for people to fill in.. Something that always irritated me about him and lets not forget his crown scrap heap sign.. Brian Daubach.