Minor Moves: Kimball, Corporan, Rottino, Pascucci

Today's minor moves…

  • The Twins re-signed left-hander Phil Dumatrait, according to the Sosnick Cobbe Twitter page. Dumatrait appeared in 45 games for the Twins last season, posting a 3.92 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 5.4 BB/9.
  • The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Cole Kimball off of waivers from Washington, according to the Nationals' official Twitter feed.  Meanwhile, the Nats outrighted outfielder Corey Brown to Triple-A Syracuse.
  • Astros catcher Carlos Corporan cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, tweets Alyson Footer of the Astros.  Corporan has the right to elect free agency due to previously being outrighted.
  • The Mets signed catcher/left fielder/first baseman Vinny Rottino and first baseman/DH Val Pascucci to minor league deals, reports ESPN's Adam Rubin.  Both players saw their first big league action in several years in 2011.
  • Eric Duncan, drafted in the first round by the Yankees in 2003, has signed with the Royals, tweets Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.  The 26-year-old played mostly first base, second base, and left field this year for the Cardinals' Double-A affiliate, hitting .274/.322/.527 in 385 plate appearances.
  • The White Sox re-signed Leyson Septimo, tweets Goldstein.  The Sox claimed the hard-throwing 26-year-old southpaw off waivers from Arizona in June but removed him from their 40-man roster in October.
  • The Giants signed center fielder Gregor Blanco, according to his agency (via Matt Eddy of Baseball America on Twitter).  The 27-year-old spent the year with the Triple-A affiliates of the Nationals and Royals, hitting .201/.350/.327 in 252 plate appearances.
  • The Phillies acquired righty Adam Worthington from the Diamondbacks to complete the September Mike Zagurski trade, tweets Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.  Worthington, 24, posted a 4.48 ERA, 10.0 K/9, 4.6 BB/9, and 0.6 HR/9 in 62 1/3 High-A relief innings this year.
  • The Yankees signed lefty reliever Mike O'Connor, tweets SI's Jon Heyman.  The 31-year-old appeared briefly in the Majors for the Mets this year, also posting a 5.22 ERA, 9.8 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, and 1.0 HR/9 in 60 1/3 Triple-A innings.


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39 Comments on "Minor Moves: Kimball, Corporan, Rottino, Pascucci"


3 years 9 months ago

He’s probably making $6 million. 

Christopher Soto
3 years 9 months ago

Not a very good pitcher. Has an inconsistent arm slot and relies on his fastball, which isnt very good to begin with, WAY too much (if i remember right he threw 16 straight fastballs over 2 appearances)

UncleCharles
3 years 9 months ago

Is this there big splash?

EdinsonPickle
3 years 9 months ago

Good move for the Yanks! He’ll probably…do…some stuff…or something.

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

NY must be filling up the clipper’s roster with retreads of their own now.

3 years 9 months ago

Clippers are now the Indians affiliate.

nestleraisinets
3 years 9 months ago

this is for the Mitre’s and Proctors’?

Roy Munson
3 years 9 months ago

LHRP Depth in AA/AAA.. that’s all

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Strictly will be a LHP. I don’t have his numbers in the minors but career vs. lefties and righties is similar (not a large sample though)

Lefties – .250/.339/.400
Righties – .247/.342/.440

A huge slugging percentage against righties because he’s allowed 16 HR against RHB and just 2 against LHB, although he’s faced a lot more righties (415 PA) than lefties (117 PA).

Probably could have had better options than him though.

bleachercreature
3 years 9 months ago

Boone Logan, you’re on notice.

3 years 9 months ago

Didn’t realize Blanco had so much trouble since leaving the Braves.  Hope he can get it together in the minors with the Giants organization.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 9 months ago

i was about to say the same thing he was a half decent player for the Braves wasn’t he? .260 lead off hitter?

3 years 9 months ago

Average was never great (~.250) but his OBP was always much better (~.360).  Then he spends a year in the KC minors and barely beats the Mendoza line.  Wonder if he had a flukishly low BABIP or something?

Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 9 months ago

I’m in y’alls corner. I loved Blanco as a Brave, and strongly believed in his small ball style. Hopefully playing in the Giants system which is thin on OFs he may be given another opportunity soon. Heck, that .360 OBP is nothing to scoff at! Best of luck to him on his new team.

3 years 9 months ago

After visiting Fangraphs, his career MLB BABIP is ~.330 and last year in the minors it was stupidly lower at ~.240 or something.  I guess that makes him a good bounce back candidate?

bigpat
3 years 9 months ago

I guess the Mets had to fill their quota of obscenely Italian players. 

MetsMagic
3 years 9 months ago

Italian catchers are what we do best. 

elbeisbol
3 years 9 months ago

Cole Kimball is good. That’s a head-scratcher. 

johnsmith4
3 years 9 months ago

yep…I am trying to make sense of it….

3 years 9 months ago

 Dont bother, Angels fans are still trying to figure out why they aquired Wells. AA is a ninja thats the only thing that makes sense.

2UGGLA2BINTO
3 years 9 months ago

101 k’s in 78 innings before being called up, pretty good numbers…did he have a bad attitude?..problems with management?

elbeisbol
3 years 9 months ago

Not that I know of. He has a shoulder injury, but if he recovers he’s a very good reliever. 

comebackkid814
3 years 9 months ago

Have no idea why the Nats let Kimball go… He had the shoulder issue, but he pitched well in limited big league action. -1 Mike Rizzo. -1. 

elbeisbol
3 years 9 months ago

Zuckerman posted that they were trying to slip him through waivers to free up a roster spot. 

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 9 months ago

That sucks, i was really hoping to see him pitch for extended time this year. He is good!!!. Nats 7th or 8th best prospect last year i believe. Dont understand why take the chance.

comebackkid814
3 years 9 months ago

Meanwhile…Yunieksy Maya and Corey “AAAA” Brown have 40-man spots… At least Mock and Martis no longer have spots. Mock I know had one as late as the All-Star break and I could only scratch my head and wonder why.

johnsmith4
3 years 9 months ago

Wow…strong 40-man roster to let a guy like this (with one season of optional assignments remaining) go on waivers

hallwagner
3 years 9 months ago

we need to bring martis back up, i liked him

essmeier
3 years 9 months ago

It’s a shame that Carlos Corporan can’t hit better. He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen at blocking the plate. 

MetsMagic
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t know why the Nationals would risk waiving Kimball. At the worst, he is an excellent ROOGY. 

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 9 months ago

What the )*)(* Rizzo.. Why would you give up Kimball like that? If he comes back healthy that’s a steal for the Blue Jays.. 

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

what he heck are the nats thinking just letting kimball get claimed off waivers!? He was one of our top prospects with a devasating spliter. i know he had a season ending injury, bus still..

nats2012
3 years 9 months ago

Why would you let Cole Kimball get away?

$4555515
3 years 9 months ago

rizzo just dropped the ball again 1st riggleman now kimball

nats2012
3 years 9 months ago

Riggleman was horrible.

$4555515
3 years 9 months ago

any manager that can lead the sorry nationals to a .500 record or god forbid a winning record is a good manager regardless of it only being for the 1st half of the season

3 years 9 months ago

wow Eric Duncan. In 2002.. North New Jersey, dude was a beast for Seton Hall Prep. I remember facing Seton Hall Prep my senior year.. this dude was signing autographs throughout the stadium.

Dude definitely had a big fallout; Supposedly was supposed to be centerpiece to the Randy Johnson, Javier Vasquez; Yankees-D Backs-Dodgers deal.