MLB player signings: 2010


The following list details the 36 Atlantic League players who had their contracts purchased by major league organizations during the 2010 regular season. Lancaster’s Matt Watson returned to the major leagues after starting the season with the Lancaster Barnstormers. The list also details players who left the Atlantic League to sign in leagues outside the U.S. Players signed before the Atlantic League regular season are not counted in the league total since no money changes hands between MLB organizations and the Atlantic League when these signings occur — at that point players are viewed as free-agent signings.


The number of players signed by major league organizations according to their Atlantic League franchises.
Bridgeport: 5
Camden: 8
Lancaster: 5
Long Island: 2
Newark: 4
Somerset: 3
Southern Maryland: 7 (not including one signed in At. League spring training)
York: 2


The number of players signed by major league organizations during the 2010 season.
April: 1
May: 12
June: 10
July: 10
Aug: 3


The number of Atlantic League players signed by major league organizations in 2010.
Athletics: 6
Angels: 3
Mets: 3
Phillies: 3
Brewers: 2
Mariners: 2
Marlins: 2
Yankees: 2
Astros: 1
Blue Jays: 1
Braves: 1
Giants: 1
Indians: 1
Nationals: 1
Padres: 1
Pirates: 1
Rangers: 1
Red Sox: 1
Reds: 1
Rockies: 1
White Sox: 1


The players signed by major league organizations according to their position in 2010.
Pitchers: 17 (RHP 11, LHP 6)
Catchers: 4
First basemen: 4
Second basemen: 2
Shortstop: 1
Third basemen: 2
Outfielders: 6


The number of players signed by leagues located outside the United States through 2010.

Mexico: 3 (not including 1 signed in Atlantic League preseason)
Taiwan: 3 (including Jesus Sanchez, who had been signed by A’s earlier in the season and returned to York)
Korea: 0
Japan: 1


The number of players signed during Atlantic League spring training when no money is exchanged between teams and the league.
Mariners: 1
Mexican League: 1


The details of each Atlantic League player who left the league during the 2010 season for major league organizations and international leagues.

Notes: The league does not receive compensation from major league organizations for any players signed before or after the season. The players 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 players’ first assignment is listed in parenthesis.


Hiram Bocachica, OF
Telling stat: Signed in Atlantic League preseason
Signed: Reynosa (Mexican League), April

Tike Redman, OF
Telling stat: 9 Gs
Signed: Tabasco (Mexican League), May 7

Josh Phelps, 1B
Telling stat: .333 BA, 22 Gs
Signed: Cleveland Indians (Triple-A Columbus), May 22/returned to Bridgeport June 15

Paul Oseguera, LHP
Telling stat: 2 CGs, 33 Ks
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Single-A Stockton), May 28

Pat Ryan, RHP
Telling stat: 5-1 with opponents batting .183 against him
Signed: Boston Red Sox (Single-A Salem), July 8

Charlton Jimerson, OF
Telling stat: .346 BA, 10 HRs, 48 Gs
Signed: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Double-A Arkansas), July 19

Wily Mo Pena, 1B
Telling stat: 34 Rs, 39 Gs
Signed: San Diego Padres (Triple-A Portland), July 20


Mike Costanzo, 3B
Telling stat: 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 16 Gs
Signed: Cincinnati Reds (Double-A Carolina), May 13

Valentino Pascucci, DH
Telling stat: 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 14 Gs
Signed: New York Mets (Triple-A Buffalo), May 13

Rene Rivera, C
Telling stat: 7 HRs, 22 games
Signed: New York Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), May 21

Dayton Buller, C
Telling stat: 6 Gs, .105 BA
Signed: Milwaukee Brewers (Double-A Huntsville), June 4

Sam Narron, LHP
Telling stat: Back-to-back CG shutouts before signing
Signed: Milwaukee Brewers (Triple-A Nashville), June 4

Jason Botts, OF
Telling stat: .342 BA, 41 Gs
Signed: Washington Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse), June 10

Derrick Loop, LHP
Telling stat: 1.72 ERA, 33 Gs
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Class A Clearwater), July 14

Steve Hammond, LHP
Telling stat: 7-5, 2.71 ERA.
Signed: La New Bears (CPBL, Taiwan), July 22

Travis Chick, RHP
Telling stat: 5-4, 4.40 ERA.
Signed: Pittsburgh Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis), July 27


Brett Harper, 1B
Telling stat: 6 HRs, 19 Gs
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento), May 15

Matt Watson, OF
Telling stat: .452 OBP
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento), May 27

Salomon Manriquez, C
Telling stat: .328 BA
Signed: New York Mets (Double-A Binghamton), June 6

Scott Patterson, RHP
Telling stat: 8 saves, 17 Gs
Signed: Seattle Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma), June 7

Eric Junge, RHP
Telling stat: 2-1, 3.08 ERA, 4 Gs
Signed: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Triple-A Salt Lake City), June 28


Joe Valentine, RHP
Telling stat: 0-1, 3.50 ERA
Signed: Tabasco (Mexican League), May 25

Joselo Diaz, RHP
Telling stat: 5-3, 37 Ks, 12 Gs
Signed: Monterrey (Mexican League), June 25

Joe Esposito, RHP
Telling stat: 25 Ks, last 20+ IP
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Single-A Lakewood), July 13

Adrian Martin, RHP
Telling stat: 44 Ks, 49 IP
Signed: San Francisco Giants (Double-A Richmond), Aug. 9


J.R. House, C
Telling stat: .345 BA, 13 Rs, 16 Gs
Signed: New York Mets (Triple-A Buffalo), May 13

Fernando Cortez, SS
Telling stat: 35 starts, 12 multi-hit Gs, .313 BA
Signed: Chicago White Sox (Double-A Birmingham), June 4

Fernando Seguignol, INF
Telling stat: Batted .337.
Signed: Orix Buffaloes (Japanese Pacific League), June 7

Armando Benitez, RHP
Telling stat: 17 Gs, 1.00 ERA
Signed: Florida Marlins (Triple-A New Orleans), June 24

Gabe Suarez, 2B
Telling stat: 45 Gs, .271 BA
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Class A Lakewood), Aug. 10


Josh Muecke, LHP
Telling stat: 3 IP, 5 Rs
Signed: Colorado Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs), April 27

Pete LaForest, C/3B
Telling stat: 15 Hs, 6 XBHs, 15  Gs
Signed: Sinon Bulls (CPBL, Taiwan), May 11

Tom Mastny, RHP
Telling stat: 3-1, 3.32 ERA
Signed: Florida Marlins (Triple-A New Orleans), June 8

Ryan Houston, RHP
Telling stat: 18 saves
Signed: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Triple-A Salt Lake), July 29


Steve Palazzolo, RHP
Telling stat: Signed during Atlantic League spring training
Signed: Seattle Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma), April 17/returned to So. Md. July 23

Justin Christian, OF
Telling stat: 2 Gs, 3 Hs
Signed: New York Yankees (Double-A Trenton), May 8

John Halama, LHP
Telling stat: 1.46 ERA, 5 GS
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Triple-A Sacrmento), May 22

Jarrett Grube, RHP
Telling stat: 3-3, 2.06 ERA, 8 GS
Signed: Seattle Mariners (Double-A West Tennessee), June 8

Kody Kirkland, 2B
Telling stat: He batted .303 with 11 homers.
Signed: Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi), July 22

Jason Lane, OF
Telling stat: 17 starts, 11 RBIs
Signed: Toronto Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas), July 23

Chris Mobley, RHP
Telling stat: 2.53 ERA, 40 Gs, 50 Ks
Signed: Texas Rangers (Double-A Frisco), July 31

Christian Colonel, 3B
Telling stat: 7 Gs
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Double-A Mississippi), Aug. 24


Val Majewski, OF
Telling stat: 10 2Bs, 39 Hs, 13 XBH
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Double-A), May 27

Jesus Sanchez, LHP
Telling stat: 4-1, 1.63 ERA
Signed: Oakland Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento), May 27/returned to York June 20

Jesus Sanchez, LHP
Telling stat: 3.65 ERA ranked third in the league
Signed: Brother Elephants (CPBL Taiwan), Aug. 10