Baseball America released its latest batch of minor league signings today. Topping the list: right-hander Nate Bump, who was the Giants’ first pick (25th overall) in the 1998 draft.
Bump, who last appeared with Florida in 2005, split the 2009 season between the independent Camden Riversharks and the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit), going 7-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 33/10 K/BB ratio in 10 Triple-A starts. In 11 minor league seasons, the 33-year-old Towanda, Pa. native is 49-48 with a 3.69 ERA, and in parts of three seasons with Florida between 2003-05, he was 6-7 with a 4.68 ERA in 113 appearances, earning a ring as part of the Marlins' championship club in '03. It's possible he will be invited to spring training as a non-roster player, but no word on that yet. (Incidentally, I was a Penn State student when Bump was drafted and there was quite a bit of excitement over it; PSU isn't known as a hotbed of baseball talent).
Other new additions include right-hander Jay Stephens, 25, who came up through the Yankees’ system and bounced between Tampa (A), Trenton (AA) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) last season. Third baseman Eric Campbell, 24, joins the Phillies after spending six seasons in the Atlanta system, his last stop with Double-A Mississippi. Entering 2007, he was rated by Baseball America as the No. 6 prospect in the Braves organization. Venezuelan utilityman Melvin Dorta, 27, spent last season with Triple-A Norfolk (Baltimore) and earned a cup of coffee with Washington back in 2006. Catcher John Suomi, who was with the Phillies in 2007-08, rejoins the club after a year in the Kansas City chain.
In other news, the club resigned right-handers John Ennis, Santos Hernandez, left-handers Jason Mackintosh, Jake Woods, catcher Kevin Nelson, shortstop Fidel Hernandez, outfielders Javis Diaz, Kevin Mahar, Mike Spidale and Brian Stavisky (the latter three are likely to rejoin Reading).
Meanwhile, Robert Roth, Dan Brauer, Esmelvin Jimenez, Brendan Akashian, Phil Aviola, Francisco Murillo, Cory Wine, Vladimir de los Santos, David Hissey and T.J. Warren were released, and thus, unworthy of boldface.