Here are today’s minor moves from around the game.
- The Astros have announced that they’ve selected the contract of Dominican lefty Reymin Guduan, preventing him from hitting minor league free agency. The 24-year-old struggled at Triple-A Fresno in 2016 and has a long history of control problems, with an extremely high career 7.1 BB/9. He did, however, have a brilliant stretch at Double-A Corpus Christi last season (with 19 strikeouts and three walks over 13 innings), and he can apparently touch 100 MPH, a very rare quality in a lefty.
- The Pirates have announced that they’ve added righty Dovydas Neverauskas and 1B/OF Jose Osuna to their 40-man roster, protecting them from the Rule 5 Draft. In 2009, the Bucs signed Neverauskas as a 16-year-old, and he made his way through their system slowly — perhaps unsurprisingly, given that his home country of Lithuania isn’t exactly a baseball hotbed. He transitioned from starting to relieving in 2015, and emerged as a hard-throwing relief prospect in a fine 2016 season in which he represented the Bucs in the Futures Game and posted a 3.10 ERA, 8.7 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 58 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A. His year was sullied when he was arrested in a bar fight in Toledo in August, but the Pirates still appear to believe in his potential. The 23-year-old Osuna also spent the season at Double-A and Triple-A and held his own, hitting .279/.331/.457. He’s never had an exceptional minor league season and does not rate among the Bucs’ top prospects, but he’s been reliably productive and hit lefties very well last season.
Welp, there go 2, 3, and 4 of my Minor League Free Agency Targets for the Phillies (1 was Alejandro Chacin and 5 was Myles Jaye)– I also lost Higashoika who was 7
I’m not happy
New top 10
HM- Mike Ohlman
Can Fuenmayor even play 1B? He might be able to be had for a bucket of balls.
He didn’t play too badly in the minors this season– posted a .730 OPS with 6 Home Runs while logging a .988 Fld% which, while not great, isn’t bad. He makes for a solid high upside (think 2015) minor league depth piece
Stetson Allie will still be there, before and after the Rule 5 draft.