Phillies sign seven relief pitchers to minor league contracts
The Phillies continue to make a splash in the minor leagues, despite all major league contracts currently on hold. Moments ago, the team announced seven players that have been signed to minor league contracts. These seven players have also been invited to attend major league spring training, as non-roster invitees.
All seven who were signed are pitchers, as you can see above. Cam Bedrosian, who has already thrown 11 games with the Phillies, is the first name on this list. He has been in the league since 2014, with a career ERA of 3.81 in 311 games. Bedrosian has tallied 313 strikeouts to 133 walks, with a WHIP of 1.371.
Andrew Bellatti was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009, and has only pitched in two professional seasons. He appeared in just three games in 2021. Bellatti has 26.2 total major league innings pitched, with a career ERA of 3.71. He was a bullpen guy for Tampa Bay in 2015, making 17 relief appearances, and finishing six of them.
Tyler Cyr was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2015 and has floated around the minors for a majority of his career. His 2021 MiLB season consisted of a 3-0 record, with a 4.91 ERA in 32 games pitched, and two starts. He tallied 36.2 total innings in 2021, with 49 strikeouts and a 1.10 WHIP.
Joe Gatto is a 26-year-old pitcher who has spent his entire career in the minor leagues. He spent five seasons in the Angels organization before spending the 2021 season with the Texas Rangers in Double and Triple A. Gatto has tallied a 4-2 record in Triple-A throughout his career, with a 4.35 ERA in 24 games. No, this is not Joe Gatto from Impractical Jokers.
Michael Kelly was also picked up by the Phillies and will be entering his 10th year of baseball in the minors. He has 64 games in Triple-A throughout his career, posting a 12-10 record along with a 4.76 ERA. Kelly has tallied a total of 747 innings throughout his professional baseball career, and racked up 650 strikeouts in minor league ball.
The last name that was signed by the Phillies was right-handed pitcher Jake Newberry. Newberry has pitched four seasons in the majors with the Kansas City Royals, posting an ERA of 4.84 in 70.2 innings. He has 69 career strikeouts, and a career WHIP of 1.585.
Also announced, left-handed pitcher Kyle Dohy will not be tendered a major league contract and has signed a minor league contract with the team. Dohy was invited to spring training as well. He’s pitched one career inning in the pros, and that came with the Phillies last season. He’s tallied a 6-5 record with a 6.39 ERA in Triple-A over two seasons, pitching a total of 62 innings.
The Phillies need pitching, and although none of these guys will really make a ginormous impact at the beginning of the season, it’s always worth giving guys the chance to develop if the potential is there. Although major league contracts are on hold for now, minor league contracts are flying all over the place, and the Phillies are continuing to find more arms to bolster their minor league pitching staff.
Ring it. Minor league contracts galore.
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