Beato Re-Signs; Murray, Stassi go Elsewhere

Pedro Beato, who became the Lehigh Valley IronPigs all-time single season saves leader last season, has re-signed with the Phillies on a minor league deal for 2018. Beato was added to the Phillies 40-man roster late last July and pitched in just one game with the Phillies, exiting with a hamstring injury. Beato was removed from the 40-man roster when he was able to pitch again in mid-August and spent the rest of the season with Lehigh Valley.

In 52 games with the IronPigs, Beato recorded 33 saves in 35 opportunities. In his 55 2/3 innings of work, Beato walked 20 and struck out 42 and finished with a 2.75 ERA. Beato broke the IronPigs previous record for saves in a season set in 2010 when Scott Mathieson saved 25 games for Lehigh Valley. Beato also bested Mathieson’s mark of 31 saves to become the IronPigs all-time leader in saves, moving into second place among saves leaders on a Phillies Triple-A affiliate. Jay Baller is the Phillies all-time leader in Triple-A saves with 39.

As a major leaguer, the 31-year old Beato has pitched for the Mets, Red Sox, Braves and Phillies and has a career 4-2 record with a 4.31 ERA. Prior to his 2/3 inning of work with the Phillies last season, Beato had last pitched in the majors in 2014 as a member of the Braves when he threw 4 1/3 innings in three games without allowing a run.

In other minor league free agent news…

Phillies reliever Colton Murray signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays. Murray pitched in parts of the last two seasons with the Phillies, including 24 relief appearances last season and 32 appearances overall. He posted a 6.18 ERA in 39 1/3 innings as a Phillies reliever.

Popular minor league first baseman/outfielder Brock Stassi, who played 51 games with the Phillies last season and hit .167 in his first shot at playing major league ball, signed recently with the Minnesota Twins. Stassi, 28, played in 84 minor league games last season between Reading and Lehigh Valley and hit 6-39-.245/.350/.350 in his seventh season in the Phillies organization after being drafted in the 33rd round of the 2011 Draft.

Other Phillies minor league free agents who have signed recently include: infielder Angelo Mora (Baltimore) and ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte, who signed with the Dodgers. Former Phillies pitcher Joely Rodriguez also signed with Baltimore recently. All three players signed minor league contracts.

You can follow minor league free agent signings with our Phillies MiLB Free Agent Tracker. You can also follow major league free agent signings with our Phillies MLB Free Agent Tracker.

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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