Second baseman Luis Maza, right-hander Brian Gordon, left-hander Brian Mazone and outfielder Freddy Guzman, who we reported on yesterday, have been added to the Phillies’ farm system.
Maza, 29, brings 11 seasons of minor league experience to the Phillies organization after spending the last three years with the Dodgers, including a three-month stay in Los Angeles between May and July in 2008, where he hit .228/.282/.278 in support of an ailing Rafael Furcal. He was originally signed by the Twins as a teenager in Venezuela, the land of utility infielders, and spent most of his career in the Minnesota system. He spent all of 2009 with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he hit .300/.340/.428 with 5 homers in 344 plate appearances. In 11 seasons, he’s a .285/.347/.418 hitter batting from the right side, adopting a super-utility role. (Good little signing; the Phillies have almost no home-grown middle infielders of note and Maza can plug some holes.)
Gordon, a 31-year-old right-handed reliever, is a converted outfielder who earned a cup of coffee with the Rangers at the tail-end of the 2008 season. His minor league journey began as a 7th round selection by the Diamondbacks in the 1997 draft and has included stops with the Angels, Astros and Rangers. He spent 2009 with the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, going 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA and 51/22 K/BB ratio in 43 games.
Mazone, 33, is the cosummate Beerleaguer and will begin his fifth season with the Phillies. The junk-ball left-hander nearly earned an emergency start for the Phillies in 2006, but his chance was foiled by foul weather. After trying to catch on in the Pacific Coast League, Mazone was traded from the Dodgers back to the Phillies midway through 2009, going 2-6 with a 3.50 ERA in 11 starts with Lehigh Valley. His claim-to-fame is that for a couple seasons, he was among the International League leaders in ERA, going 13-3 with a 2.03 ERA in 20 starts with Scranton/WB in 2006. He’s also seen action in the independent Western League, Northern League and Samsung of Korea.
For more on Guzman, see the previous thread.
International notes: A couple of ex-Phillies have become globetrotters. Oklahoma native Les Walrond (Phillies, ‘08) played in Japan in ’09 and has signed with Doosan in Korea for ‘10. Meanwhile, Yoel Hernandez of Venezuela (Phillies ‘07) played in Mexico ‘08 and ’09 and has signed with Nettuno of the Italian League for ‘10.
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