MLB player signings: 2009


The following list details the 43 Atlantic League players who had their contracts purchased by major league organizations. The list includes Southern Maryland’s Mike O’Connor, who returned to the major leagues in 2011 with the New York Mets — appearing in nine games. The list also details the Atlantic League players sold to professional leagues outside the U.S. during the 2009 regular season. The 43 players sold to major league organizations was a record number for the Atlantic League.


The number of players signed by major league organizations according to their Atlantic League franchises.
Bridgeport: 4 (not including 1 signed in Atlantic League preseason)
Camden: 4
Lancaster: 4
Long Island: 5
Newark: 11 (not including 1 signed in Atlantic League preseason)
Somerset: 3
Southern Maryland: 9
York: 3 (not including 1 signed in Atlantic League preseason)


The number of players signed by major league organizations during the 2009 season.

April: 2 (not including 3 signed in Atlantic League preseason)
May: 13
June: 14
July: 6
Aug: 8


The number of Atlantic League players signed by major league organizations in 2009.

Astros: 4
Blue Jays: 3
Braves: 3
Indians: 3
Mariners: 3 (not including 1 preseason signing)
Rays: 3
Angels: 2
Athletics: 2
Brewers: 2
Diamondbacks: 2
Dodgers: 2
Mets: 2
Orioles: 2
Reds: 2
Yankees: 2
Cardinals: 1
Giants: 1
Rockies: 1
Royals: 1
Tigers: 1
White Sox: 1

Note: List does not include Phillies, Red Sox preseason signings.


The players signed by major league organizations according to their position in 2009.

Pitchers: 21 (RHP 15, LHP 6)
Catchers: 0
First basemen: 5
Second basemen: 3
Shortstop: 8
Third basemen: 0
Outfielders: 6


The number of players signed by leagues located outside the United States through 2009.
Mexico: 3 (1 in preseason)
Taiwan: 6 (1 in preseason)
Korea: 2


The number of players signed during Atlantic League preseason/spring training when no money is exchanged between teams and the league.

Mariners (1)
Phillies (1)
Red Sox (1)
Chinese Professional Baseball League, Taiwan (1)
Mexican League (1)


The details of each Atlantic League player who left the league during the 2009 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.


Danny Christiensen, LHP
Telling stat: signed during Atlantic League spring training (suspended 50 games for failing a drug test in Mariners system Aug. 19; second offense for 26-year-old)
Signed: Seattle Mariners (Double-A West Tennessee), April 22

Steve Bray, RHP
Telling stat: 1G, 3IP, 1H
Signed: Seattle Mariners (Double-A West Tennessee), April 29

Henry Mateo, 2B
Telling stat: 42-for-101 (.416 average)
Signed: Tampa Bay Rays (Triple-A Durham), May 26

Ed Rogers, SS
Telling stat: batted .391 in April (9-for-23)
Signed: Arizona Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno), June 1

Jay Caligiuri, 1B
Telling stat: 12 RBIs, 27 G in May
Signed: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Double-A Arkansas), June 4


Kyle Haines, SS
Telling stat: .253 BA, 26 G
Signed: Cleveland Indians (Double-A Akron), June 1

Val Majewski, OF
Telling stat: batted .310 (31-for-100), 16R, 28G
Signed: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Double-A Arkansas), June 7

Nate Bump, RHP
Telling stat: 8-2, 2.49 ERA
Signed: Detroit Tigers (Triple-A Toledo), July 4

Jon Knott, OF
Telling stat: .328 BA, 24 2Bs, 73 Gs
Signed: Milwaukee Brewers (Triple-A Nashville), Aug. 25


Jason Perry, OF
Telling stat: 13H, 6 HRs, 9G
Signed: Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A Montgomery), May 4

Josh Hall, RHP
Telling stat: 17Ks, 0BB, 3Gs
Signed: Seattle Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma), May 9

Tom Cochran, LHP
Telling stat: 3-2, 4.67 ERA
Signed: Cincinnati Reds (Double-A Carolina), May 29

Jon Huber, RHP
Telling stat: 25Ks, 22.1 IP
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Gwinett County),  June 7

Ryan Cullen, RHP
Telling stat: 2.08 ERA, 22G
Signed: Brother Elephants (CPBL, Taiwan), June 24

Eric Junge, RHP
Telling stat: 4-1, 2.25 ERA
Signed: Hanhwa Eagles (Korea), July 6


Ed “Bubbie” Buzachero, RHP
Telling stat: 3.1 IP, 2H
Signed: Toronto Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire), April 29

Raul Gonzalez, OF
Telling stat: batted .330 (35-for-106) with 20Rs in 28G
Signed: Tabasco (Mexican League), May 26

Ken Ray, RHP
Telling stat: 4-0, 3.00 ERA
Signed: Cleveland Indians (Triple-A Columbus), May 27

Gabe Suarez, 2B
Telling stat: .353 BA, 12 G
Signed: Houston Astros (Single-A Lancaster), May 28

Troy Cate, LHP
Telling stat: 13-5, 3.28 ERA
Signed: Toronto Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire), July 24

Lew Ford, OF
Telling stat: .330 BA, 26 2Bs, 77R, 93G
Signed: Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville), Aug. 24


Eddy Ramos, RHP
Telling stat: Signed during Atlantic League spring training
Signed: Tabasco, (Mexican League), April 17

Dave McKae, RHP
Telling stat: Signed during Atlantic League spring training
Signed: Boston Red Sox (High-A Salem), April 17

Tim Raines Jr., OF
Telling stat: Signed during Atlantic League spring training
Signed: La New Bears (CPBL, Taiwan),  April 27

Daryle Ward, 1B
Telling stat: 8G, 2 2Bs, 2 Rs
Signed: Chicago White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte), May 3

Ramon Castro, SS
Telling stat: 2 Gs, 3 Hs
Signed: San Francisco Giants (Double-A Connecticut), May 14

Abraham Nunez, SS
Telling stat: .314 BA, 12 Rs, 17 Gs
Signed: Arizona Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno), May 14

Rob Mackowiak, 1B
Telling stat: Batted .386, 9 RBIs, 16 Gs in May
Signed: Cleveland Indians (Triple-A Columbus), June 6/returned to Newark July 12

Shawn Chacon, RHP
Telling stat: 7 GS, 5 appearaces allow 2 or fewer runs
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento), June 18

Oneli Perez, RHP
Telling stat: 2.82 ERA, 48 Ks, 44.2 IP
Signed: St. Louis Cardinals (Double-A Memphis), June 19

Bobby Brownlie, RHP
Telling stat: 4-3, 3.03 ERA
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett County), June 24

Ramon Nivar, SS
Telling stat: Batted .331, 37 Gs
Signed: L.A. Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga), June 24

Andres Perez, 2B
Telling stat: Batted .306, 4 3Bs, 64 Gs
Signed: L.A. Dodgers (Single-A Inland Empire), Aug. 8

Tike Redman, OF
Telling stat: Batted .292, 49 Rs, 47 BBs
Signed: Milwaukee Brewers (Triple-A Nashville), Aug. 19

Armando Benitez, RHP
Telling stat: 16S, 2.86 ERA, 43Ks, 34.2IP
Signed: Houston Astros (Triple-A Round Rock), Aug. 21


Noah Hall, OF
Telling stat: .293 BA, 7 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5HRs, 33RBIs, 38G
Signed: N.Y. Yankees (Double-A Trenton), May 22

Paul Bush, RHP
Telling stat: 1.62 ERA, 9G
Signed: N.Y. Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), May 28

Travis Minix, RHP
Telling stat: 0.95 ERA, 21Gs
Signed: Saltillo (Mexican League), June 16/returned to Somerset Sept. 13

Josh Miller, RHP
Telling stat: 10-5, 3.65 ERA
Signed: La New Bears (CPBL, Taiwan), June 30/returned to Somerset Sept. 1

Thomas “Tip” Fairchild, RHP
Telling stat: 4-2, 4.27 ERA
Signed: Houston Astros (Single-A Lancaster), July 23


Matt DeSalvo, RHP
Telling stat: 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 1G
Signed: Tampa Bay Rays (Triple-A Durham), May 26

Jim Ed Warden, RHP
Telling stat: 13S, 1.13 ERA
Signed: N.Y. Mets (Double-A Binghamton), June 12

John Halama, LHP
Telling stat: 8-1, ERA under 2.00
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett County), June 13/returned to So. Md. Sept. 19

Eric Crozier, 1B
Telling stat: Batted .314 in 50Gs
Signed: Orioles (Double-A Bowie), June 19

Kenny Baugh, RHP
Telling stat: 6-3, 4.52 ERA
Signed: Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi), July 3

Travis Garcia, SS
Telling stat: Batted .338, 12 HRs
Signed: Seattle Mariners (Double-A West Tennessee), July 7/returned to So. Md. Sept. 11

Matt Hensley, RHP
Telling stat: 5-2, 7Ss, 2.70 ERA
Signed: Toronto Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire), July 18

Kenny Rayborn, RHP
Telling stat: 8-5, 3.06 ERA
Signed: Uni-President Lions (CPBL, Taiwan), Aug. 9

Mike O’Connor, LHP
Telling stat: 2-0, 3.13 ERA, 4 Gs
Signed: K.C. Royals (Triple-A Omaha),  Aug. 9

Derrick Ellison, LHP
Telling stat: 1-1, 4S, 1.42 ERA
Signed: N.Y. Mets (Double-A Binghamton), Aug. 12


Steve Green, RHP
Telling stat: signed before Atlantic League spring training
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A), April 14

Rick Bauer, RHP
Telling stat: 0-0, 3.86 ERA, 3 GS
Signed: LG (Korea), May 9

Brandon Pinckney, SS
Telling stat: .315 BA, 16 G, played 3 pos.
Signed: Baltimore Orioles (Double-A Bowie), May 20

Mike Smith, RHP
Telling stat: 1-3, 2.86 ERA
Signed: Brother Elephants (CPBL, Taiwan), May 20

Danny Sandoval, SS
Telling stat: 31 Gs, batted .191
Signed: Colorado Rockies (Double-A Tulsa), June 9

Kala Ka’aihue, 1B
Telling stat: 6Gs, 4 RBIs
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Single-A Stockton), Aug. 3

Tim Harikkala, RHP
Telling stat: 5-3, 3.51 ERA
Signed: Brother Elephants (CPBL, Taiwan), Aug. 7