The Phillies have signed minor league reliever Evan Fahrner.
Fahrner was 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA for the 2005 Texas League champion Midland RockHounds (A’s Double-A).
However, it’s Fahrner’s 2003 season that stands out most. In two stops, with Schaumberg of the independent Northern League and Daytona (Cubs) of the Class-A Florida State League, he pitched 45 innings, gave up 23 hits, had 64 strikeouts and allowed one earned run. Pretty damn solid.
The 28-year-old right-hander was originally a 23rd round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will be reunited with Berks County native Nick Mattioni, who was his stablemate with Midland.
Juan Richardson update: Former Phillies slugging third base prospect Juan Richardson signed a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 25-year-old Dominican spent parts of three seasons in Reading and was released last season.