The Phillies announce three minor league signings with invites to camp
The Phillies have announced that three right-handers Bryan Mitchell, David Paulino, Hector Rondon have signed minor league contracts. All three pitchers will head to Spring Training in Clearwater, Florida to start camp in two weeks.
Hector Rondon is really the only interesting name to keep an eye on this round of signings. He struggled last year appearing in 32 games for Arizona and finished the season with a 7.65 ERA. Last season was an outlier from his previous years where he pitched well for the Cubs and most recently, the Astros. In his previous two seasons with the Houston Astros, averaging a 3.46 ERA. Rondon is a power arm relief pitcher that can throw in the 96-MPH range.
Paulino is another low-risk, high-reward bullpen arm. He hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2018 and struggled heavily in his time at the big league level. He was however, once a Top-100 prospect. Paulino caught the injury bug and was even suspended 80 games for using PEDs in 2017, but he’s only 27-years old and could be considered a late bloomer. With literally no risk involved, the Phillies could hope to maximize his potential if Paulino steps up to the challenge.
Bryan Mitchell is another low-risk, high-reward player. He was dropped from the Padres roster in 2019 and struggled in Triple-A. Before his most recent blowup, Mitchell did show some promise, carrying a 3.18 ERA in almost 200 innings of work at the Triple-A level.
Dombrowski has been adamant in adding some pitching depth. Although none of these deals are anything worth writing home about, they certainly come with a cheap price tag and are definitely worth the shot to make some noise down in Clearwater at Spring Training.