The latest minor moves from around the game, with the newest transactions at the top of the post…
- First baseman Balbino Fuenmayor has signed on with the Braves on a minor league deal, his agents at True Gravity tweeted. The former Blue Jays and Royals farmhand, who’ll turn 27 tomorrow, didn’t quite repeat his impressive 2015 season, in which he hit a robust .358/.384/.589 with 17 home runs over 378 plate appearances in the upper minors. Taking his first full-season crack at Triple-A, Fuenmayor managed a much more pedestrian .291/.325/.405 output with just a half-dozen dingers in 381 trips to the plate. He continued to post rather drastic platoon splits, and this time around posted a middling .626 OPS against righties. Fuenmayor is still looking for his first chance at major league action.
- The Mariners have signed catcher Steven Baron to a new minor league contract, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Baron, 25, is back in the fold after the M’s designated him for assignment and released him earlier this month. He played 67 of his 68 games in 2016 at Double-A Jackson. Baron has a .234/.291/.341 slash line over 2179 career minor league plate appearances since Seattle took him 33rd overall in the 2009 draft, and the catcher also played in four big league games in 2015.
If Baron’s nickname isn’t already “Red”, it should be. I hate it when he shoots down Snoopy’s dog house.
He should be playing for the Reds, Red Baron and be their starter for 5 years lol
With a name like that I’m surprised Fuenmayor hasn’t gotten called up to the Majors yet
I think Fuemayor could get an opportunity with the Braves in the major leagues. He has enough power potential to serve as a valuable bench bat with power
6 HRs in AAA is power potential?
No but 17 home runs in AAA in 2015 as well as 4 home runs in 18 games in winter league certainly should be considered power potential. He was battling a knew injury in 2016 and still managed stellar results. He also had 23 doubles last year too.
Happy Birthday Little Balbino!!!