Phillies Minor League Free Agents

Photo by Cheryl Pursell

While the major league free agents get the big spotlight, there are sometimes minor league free agents that can help a team at some point during the season.

To qualify for minor league free agency, a player must have had his original contract renewed six times and has spent all or any part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league roster and is not signed to a contract for the following season by the fifth day after the end of the World Series (for 2017, that means Monday, November 6).

Also, if a player has been released or non-tendered at any point during his career and his current contract – not his original contract – has expired.

Players do not gain a year of minor league service if they spend the entire season on a major league roster, disabled list or other major league inactive list, or if they spend an entire season on the Restricted List, Disqualified List, Suspended List, Ineligible List, Voluntarily Retired List and/or Military List. Playing in either an instructional league or Arizona Fall League does not count as a minor league season.

A player may either be added to the team’s 40-man roster or signed to a new minor league contract to avoid becoming a free agent.

Pitchers

Pedro Beato
Ranfi Casimiro
Michael Mariot
Colton Murray
Miguel Nunez
Cesar Ramos
Yacksel Rios
Pat Venditte

Catchers

Logan Moore
Chace Numata
Nick Rickles

Infielders

Wilson Garcia
Hector Gomez
Harold Martinez
Angelo Mora
Brock Stassi
Mitch Walding

Outfielders

Christian Marrero
Herlis Rodriguez
Jiandido Tromp

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence.

Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League.

From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003.

Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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