The Josh Kroeger signing got the wheels working on what minor league moves the Phils have made this offseason. So far, here is the list of minor league signings, as of Jan. 6:
Signed OFs Tim Auty and Shawn Garrett, RHPs Aaron Myette, Ben Shaffar, Clay Condrey, Steve Lagone and Tim McClaskey, C Chris Coste, 3Bs Nate Grindell and Brennan King, SSs Avelino Asprilla, Juan Sosa and LHPs Matt White, Andy Pratt, Ben King and Brian Mazone.
Beerleaguer minor league guru Martin Smith has passed along his satisfaction with this group and says it’s a better batch than in years past. From this list, the pieces that will become Double and Triple-A are beginning to take shape.
Aaron Myette has been around the block, including a brief stop in Scranton in 2003. The 28-year-old Canadian is a former first-round pick of the White Sox in the June 1997 draft. He pitched most of last season with Louisville (Reds – AAA) going 3-3 in 41 games with a 2.89 ERA. He’s seen time in the bigs with the White Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds, but has been bombed at each stop.
Shawn Garrett is an interesting name and relates most to the article below on Kroeger and how the Phils will fill out their minor league outfield. The 27-year-old put up comparable numbers to Kroeger last season with Triple-A Sacramento, hitting .295 with 17 homers and 13 stolen bases. A high strikeout total (111) contributed to his lower OPS (.786). I can't find much on Tim Auty, but he did see limited time in Triple-A last season.
Matt White is another ex-American League right-hander with a Gillick connection. He acquired him from Cleveland in a 2003 trade. Since 1998, he’s bounced around the AL, but was signed by Washington last season. He pitched in one game for the Nats on Aug. 27.
Chris Coste is back for another go with the Phils, an organization he enjoys playing for. You can read about him here. Other returning players include Condrey, Grindell and Sosa.