MLB player signings: 2007

SIGNED PLAYERS

The following list details the 27 Atlantic League players who had their contracts purchased by major league organizations during the 2007 season. The list includes York outfielder Tike Redman (pictured above), who returned to the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles later in the 2007 season. The list also details Atlantic League players who had their contracts purchased by professional leagues outside the United States.

TEAM-BY-TEAM BREAKDOWN

The number of players signed by major league organizations according to their Atlantic League franchises:

Bridgeport: 3 (not including 1 player signed in Atlantic League preseason)
Camden: 3 (not including 1 player signed in Atlantic League preseason)
Lancaster: 1
Long Island: 3
Newark: 5 (not including 1 player signed in Atlantic League preseason)
Road Warriors: 0
Somerset: 6 (not including 1 player signed in Atlantic League preseason)
York: 6

MONTH-BY-MONTH BREAKDOWN

The number of players signed by major league organizations during the 2007 season:

May: 9
June: 9
July: 4
Aug.: 4
Sept.: 1

MAJOR LEAGUE BREAKDOWN

The number of Atlantic League players signed by major league organizations in 2007:

Phillies: 6
Yankees: 3 (not including 1 player signed in Atlantic League preseason)
Athletics: 2
Dodgers: 2
Red Sox: 2
Royals: 2
Astros: 1 (not including 2 player signed in Atlantic League preseason)
Blue Jays: 1
Braves: 1
Brewers: 1
Cubs: 1
Devil Rays: 1
Indians: 1
Orioles: 1
Pirates: 1 (not including 1 player signed in Atlantic League preseason)
Rockies: 1

POSITION-BY-POSITION BREAKDOWN

The players signed by major league organizations according to their position:

Pitchers: 15 (12 RHPs, 3 LHP)
Catchers: 2
First basemen: 1
Second basemen: 2
Shortstops: 1
Third basemen: 1
Outfielders: 5

INTERNATIONAL BREAKDOWN

The number of players signed by leagues located outside the United States:

Korea: 1
Mexico: 7*
Taiwan: 10**

* — Bridgeport’s Luis Figueroa signed two contracts to play in Mexico, he is counted only once here.

** — One player, Long Island’s Randy Leek, left for Taiwan, returned to the Ducks and was signed by the Blue Jays.

PLAYER-BY-PLAYER BREAKDOWN

The details of each Atlantic League player who left the league during the 2007 season for major league organizations and international leagues.

Notes: The league does not receive compensation from major league organizations for any players signed before the regular season. The players who signed during the preseason are listed, but they do not count toward the league or team total. If a player’s contract was purchased by a major league organization, the player’s first assigned team within that organization is listed in parenthesis. Players signed or invited to spring training during 2007-08 offseason are also not listed.

BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH

Barry Wesson, OF
Telling stat: Signed in Atlantic League preseason
Signed: Houston Astros (Triple-A Round Rock), March 2

Eric Junge, RHP
Telling stat: 1.29 ERA
Signed: N.Y. Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), May 15/returned to Bridgeport June 30
Telling stat: 2-1, 2 SO outings
Signed again: Korea

Luis Figueroa, 3B/DH
Telling stat: .323 BA
Signed: Norte (Mexican League), May 24/returned to Bridgeport June 13
Telling stat: Raised average to .327
Signed: Tijuana (Mexican League), June 21

Pat Ahearne, RHP
Telling stat: 5 Gs for two teams in the league
Signed: Macoto Cobras (CPBL, Taiwan), May 29

Shaun Boyd, OF
Telling stat: .345 BA, 31 G
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Single-A Clearwater), June 26

Junior Spivey, INF
Telling stat: Batted .333; .440 OBP
Signed: Boston Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket), Aug. 4

CAMDEN RIVERSHARKS

Jamal Strong, OF
Telling stat: Signed in Atlantic League spring training
Signed: N.Y. Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), April 10

Luis Lopez, 3B
Telling stat: .281 BA
Signed: Yucatan (Mexican League), May 25

Kevin Walker, LHP
Telling stat: 4-1, 1.74 ERA
Signed: Colorado Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs), June 12

Ben Davis, C
Telling stat: .331 BA, 36 G
Signed: Dodgers (Triple-A Las Vegas), June 19

Chris Fussell, RHP
Telling stat: 1.23 ERA, 22 G
Signed: Dodgers (Triple-A Las Vegas), June 19

LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS

Clyde Williams, OF
Telling stat: 1-for-9
Signed: Tijuana (Mexican League), May 9

Bo Hart, 2B
Telling stat: Batted .245, 32 G
Signed: Chicago Cubs (Triple-A Iowa), June 15

Quincy Foster, OF
Telling stat: Batted .313 for May
Signed: Yucatan (Mexican League), June 20/returned to Lancaster Sept. 8

LONG ISLAND DUCKS

Randy Leek, LHP
Telling stat: 3-0, 3.13 ERA
Signed: La New Bears (CPBL, Taiwan), June 5; returned to L.I. July 25
Telling stat: 2-1, 34 Ks, 11 BBs since return
Signed: Toronto Blue Jays (Triple-A Syracuse), Aug. 23

Kevin Tolar, LHP
Telling stat: 0-1, 5.73 ERA
Signed: Chinatrust Whales (CPBL, Taiwan), June 5

Jorge Piedra, OF
Telling stat: .336 BA, 32 G
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento), June 12

Derek Wathan, SS
Telling stat: .333 BA, 12 Gs
Signed: Kansas City Royals (Triple-A Omaha), June 15

Jose Leon, 3B/DH
Telling stat: 2 Gs
Signed: Macoto Cobras (CPBL, Taiwan), Aug. 25

NEWARK BEARS

Travis Phelps, RHP
Telling stat: Signed during Atlantic League spring training
Signed: Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi), April 26

Jeremy Hill, RHP
Telling stat: 1.50 ERA
Signed: Macoto Cobras (CPBL, Taiwan), May 19

R.J. Swindle, LHP
Telling stat: 1.93 ERA
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Single-A Lakewood), May 26

J.J. Trujillo, RHP
Telling stat: 0 ER in 9 G
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Double-A Reading),  May 29

Jeriome Robertson, LHP
Telling stat: 5-5, 4.89 ERA
Signed: Aguascalientes (Mexican League) , June 30

Matt Sweeney, RHP
Telling stat: 5-3, 4.35 ERA
Signed: Houston Astros (Single-A Salem), June 30

Bobby Brownlie, RHP
Telling stat: 79 Ks, 14 games
Signed: Cleveland Indians (Double-A Akron), July 24

Gary Knotts, RHP
Telling stat: 86 Ks, 2.65 ERA, 16 Gs
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Double-A Reading), July 31

ROAD WARRIORS

Carlos Castillo, RHP
Telling stat: 8-9, 3.34 ERA
Signed: (CPBL, Taiwan), Aug. 19

SOMERSET PATRIOTS

Brian Peterson, C
Telling stat: Signed before Atlantic League spring training
Signed: Pittsburgh Pirates (Single-A Lynchburg), April 13

Noah Hall, OF
Telling stat: 1 G
Signed: N.Y. Yankees (Double-A Trenton), May 5

Jason Anderson, RHP
Telling stat: 1 IP
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A Ottawa), May 9

David Elder, RHP
Telling stat: 0.82 ERA
Signed: Laguna (Mexican League), May 11

Anton French, OF
Telling stat: .258 BA
Signed: Tijuana (Mexican League), May 25

Chris Rojas, RHP
Telling stat: 2-2, 3.14 ERA
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A Ottawa), May 31

Michel Hernandez, C
Telling stat: .342 BA, 25 Gs
Signed: Tampa Bay Devil Rays (Triple-A Durham), June 6

Brian Reith, RHP
Telling stat: 2.70 ERA, 8 Gs
Signed: Uni-President Lions (CPBL, Taiwan), June 16

Jeff Nettles, 3B
Telling stat: 19 HRs, 60 RBIs, 56 Gs
Signed: Kansas City Royals (Double-A Wichita), July 1

Mike Kinkade, INF
Telling stat: .350 BA, 6 Gs
Signed: N.Y. Yankees (Double-A Trenton), Aug. 7

Jon Cannon, LHP
Telling stat: 2-3, 4.02 ERA
Signed: La New Bears (CPBL, Taiwan), July 14

Andy Van Hekken, LHP
Telling stat: 9-3, 3.12 ERA
Signed: Uni-President Lions (CPBL, Taiwan), Aug. 3

YORK REVOLUTION

Tike Redman, OF
Telling stat: .464 BA, 7 G
Signed: Baltimore Orioles (Triple-A Norfolk), May 14

Wayne Franklin, LHP
Telling stat: 2-0, 7.04 ERA
Signed: Uni-President Lions (CPBL, Taiwan), May 16

Ryan Baerlocher, RHP
Telling stat: 41 Ks, 36 IP
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Richmond), May 30

Adam Thomas, RHP
Telling stat: 1.50 ERA
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Single-A Stockton), May 30

Steve Smyth, LHP
Telling stat: 4 Gs
Signed: Aguascalientes (Mexican League), June 30 returned to York

Pete Bergeron, CF
Telling stat: .337 BA in June
Signed: Pittsburgh Pirates (Double-A Altoona), July 26

Franklin Nunez, RHP
Telling stat: 0 ER final 11 Gs
Signed: Milwaukee Brewers (Triple-A Nashville), Aug. 28

Jeff Farnsworth+, RHP
Telling stat: 45 Ks, 40 IP
Signed: Boston Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket), Sept. 1

+ — Through the 2011 Atlantic League season, no MLB organization has signed a player in September since the Farnsworth signing. He appeared in one game for Triple-A Pawtucket.

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