MLB player signings: 2012

Updated through Sept. 3

The following list details the Atlantic League players who had their contracts purchased by major league organizations or professional leagues outside the U.S. during the 2012 regular season. The Ducks Lew Ford (Baltimore Orioles) and the Revs Shawn Hill (Toronto Blue Jays) returned to the majors during the season. The league sells player contracts to MLB organizations and foreign leagues during the regular season. No money changes hands if a player signs with a MLB organization during the Atlantic League’s spring training or after the Atlantic League’s season ends.

All photos courtesy of the AP.

TEAM-BY-TEAM BREAKDOWN

The number of players signed by major league organizations broken down by their former Atlantic League teams.
Bridgeport: 5 (not including 1 signed in spring training)
Camden: 5
Lancaster: 7
Long Island: 3 (not including 2 signed in spring training)
Somerset: 4
Southern Maryland: 0
Sugar Land: 4 (not including 1 signed in spring training)
York: 3

MONTH-BY-MONTH BREAKDOWN

The number of players signed by major league organizations during the 2012 season.
April: 0 (4 signed in Atlantic League spring training, where no money changes hands between At. League/MLB)
May: 9
June: 10
July: 8
Aug: 4

MAJOR LEAGUE BREAKDOWN

The number of Atlantic League players signed by major league organizations in 2012.
Astros: 1
Blue Jays: 3
Braves: 6
Cardinals: 1 (not including 1 in spring training)
Cubs: 1
Mariners: (1 in spring training)
Nationals: 2
Orioles: 2
Padres: 2
Phillies: 2
Rays: 1 (not including 1 player signed in spring training)
Reds: 2
Red Sox: 3 (not including 1 player signed in spring training)
Rockies: 3
White Sox: 1
Yankees: 1

POSITION-BY-POSITION BREAKDOWN

The players signed by major league organizations according to their position in 2012.

Pitchers: 15 (9 RHP; 6 LHP — totals do not include 1 RHP signed in spring training)
Catchers: (2 in spring training)
First basemen: 1
Second baseman:
Shortstops: 2
Third basemen: 4
Outfielders: 7 (not including 1 in spring training)
Designated hitters: 1
Utility: 1

INTERNATIONAL BREAKDOWN

The number of players signed by leagues located outside the United States through 2012.
Mexico: 5 (SMd Casey Benjamin, SL Alex Cintron, SL Jason Botts (pictured above), Yk Chris Nowak, Yk R.J. Rodriguez); not counting 1 in spring training (Yk Kris Regas)
Taiwan: 5 (SMd Ben Moore, Som Paul Phillips, Som Doug Arguello, SL Bobby Livingston, LI Mike Loree)
Korea: 1 (LI Randy Keisler)
Japan:

PRESEASON MOVEMENT

The number of players signed during Atlantic League spring training when no money is exchanged between organizations and the Atlantic League.
Cardinals: 1 (Mitch Canham, pictured above)
Mariners: 1
Rays: 1
Red Sox: 1

PLAYER-BY-PLAYER BREAKDOWN

The details of each Atlantic League player who left the league during the 2012 season for major league organizations and international leagues.
* Denotes major league experience

Note: The league does not receive compensation from major league organizations for any players signed before the regular season 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 players’ contract was purchased by a major league organization that players first minor league assignment is listed in parenthesis.

BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH

Chris Pettit*, OF
Telling stat: signed in spring training
Signed: Seattle Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma), April 22

Dan Stange*, RHP
Telling stat: 3 games, 4 IP, 6 Ks
Signed: San Diego Padres (Double-A San Antonio), May 7

Joey Gathright*, OF
Telling stat: 23 Gs, 20 runs
Signed: Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville), May 24

Collin DeLome, OF
Telling stat: .368 BA, 23 Gs
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett), May 28

Mike Tarsi, LHP
Telling stat: 25Ks, 6BBs, 2.08 ERA
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Double-A Mississippi), July 20

Brock Peterson, 1B
Telling stat: 21 HRs, .293 BA
Signed: St. Louis Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis), Aug. 14

CAMDEN RIVERSHARKS

Felix Pie*, OF
Telling stat: .353 BA, 13 Gs
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett), May 11

Billy Rice, OF
Telling stat: .300, 3 3Bs, 17 Gs
Signed: Chicago White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis), May 25

Jason Bergmann*, RHP
Telling stat: 33Ks, 22 1/3 IP, 0.81 ERA
Signed: Colorado Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs), June 15

Marquez Smith, 3B
Telling stat: .363 BA, 23 Gs
Signed: Boston Red Sox (Double-A Portland), June 16

Ricky Brooks, RHP
Telling stat: 6-1, 2.44 ERA
Signed: Colorado Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs), July 15

LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS

Rich Rundles*, LHP
Telling stat: 2-1, 3.02 ERA
Signed: Baltimore Orioles (Triple-A Norfolk), June 7

Jesus Merchan, 3B
Telling stat: .391 BA
Signed: San Diego Padres (Triple-A Tucson), June 11

Jason Urquidez, RHP
Telling stat: 2-0, 2.30 ERA, 15 Gs
Signed: Boston Red Sox (Double-A Portland), June 23

Terry Tiffee*, 3B
Telling stat: 14 2Bs, 11 HRs, 69 Gs
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Gwinett), July 11

Les Walrond*, LHP
Telling stat: LH hitters batting .107 against him
Signed: Toronto Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire), July 15

Jaime Pedroza, SS
Telling stat: .310 BA, 14 HRs, .398 OBP
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Double-A Mississippi), July 18

Horacio Ramirez*, LHP
Telling stat: 1.96 ERA, 12 Gs
Signed: Chicago Cubs (Triple-A Des Moines), Aug. 17

LONG ISLAND DUCKS

Mitch Canham C
Telling stat: signed before spring training
Signed: St. Louis Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis), April 16

Mike Rivera*, C
Telling stat: signed in spring training
Signed: Boston Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket), April 19

Ryan Garko*, DH
Telling stat: 16 Gs, .450 BA, .535 OBP (also saw time at 1B/C)
Signed: Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A Montgomery), May 14

Lew Ford*, OF
Telling stat: 19 Gs, 14 RBIs, 16 Rs
Signed: Baltimore Orioles (Triple-A Norfolk), May 18

Jon Meloan*, RHP
Telling stat: 0.99 ERA, 11 saves
Signed: New York Yankees (Double-A Trenton), June 22

SOMERSET PATRIOTS

Mike MacDonald, RHP
Telling stat: 3.60 ERA (ranked ninth in the league)
Signed: Boston Red Sox (Double-A Portland), July 4

Mike Solbach, RHP
Telling stat: 2.48 ERA
Signed: Colorado Rockies (Double-A Tulsa), July 15

Jonny Tucker, OF
Telling stat: .245 BA
Signed: Washington Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg), July 29

Jake Fox*, Utility
Telling stat: .388 BA, 7 HRs, 21 Gs
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley), Aug. 4

SUGAR LAND SKEETERS

Lance Pendleton*, RHP
Telling stat: 1 preseason scrimmage, 2 IP, 1 H
Signed: Tampa Bay Rays (Triple-A Durham), April 18

Jimmy Van Ostrand, 3B
Telling stat: .368 BA, 27 Gs
Signed: Washington Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg), May 26

Matt Wright, RHP
Telling stat: 2-0, 2.20 ERA
Signed: Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley), June 5

Drew Locke, OF
Telling stat: 28 R, 24 RBIs, 40 Gs
Signed: Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi), June 10

Amadeo Zazueta, SS
Telling stat: Batted .214 in 31 games
Signed: Toronto Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin), Aug. 25

YORK REVOLUTION

Ian Thomas, LHP
Telling stat: 7 Gs, 12 Ks, 9 1/3 IP, 1 R
Signed: Atlanta Braves (Low-A Rome), May 17

Ryan Feierabend*, LHP
Telling stat: 3-2, 3.24 ERA
Signed: Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville), June 5

Shawn Hill*, RHP
Telling stat: 27 2/3-innings scoreless streak
Signed: Toronto Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas), June 17

* Denotes major league experience

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