The Minor League section:
Every player in the organization is listed there with their career statistics. While most players are known and their stats are available online, some transactions go unreported, such as the late January signing of minor league utility man Derek Wathan. Also, this is the closest thing we have to an up-to-date list of recent Domincan and Venezuelan signings. Many of these have been reported, but I wanted to give a list of all the players who have been signed that did not play last year:
|Gino||Aguirre||RP||R||R||6.20||155||9/12/1990||Nueva Esparta, VZ|
|Alexander||Nunez||SS||R||R||5.11||172||5/4/1990||La Vega, DR|
|Josue||Carreno||RP||R||R||6.01||170||6/26/1991||Edo Nueva Esparta, VZ|
|Raynolds||Guzman||C||R||R||6.00||185||9/16/1990||Santo Domingo, DR|
|Yinio||Calderon||SP||R||R||6.04||170||11/16/1990||La Vega, DR|
|Emmanuel||Del Orbe||SP||R||R||6.03||188||12/20/1990||Santo Domingo, DR|
These signings happen throughout the year, and more guys will be brought in between the printing of this guide and the start of the summer leagues.
One other name you may not recognize is Darwin DeLeon, previously known as Edward Reynoso. Will he come state-side this year after dominating the Dominican Summer League last year? I know the answer, but can't tell. Check out Tigstown.com to get the list of those coming to the states this year.
The list of major league players in the media guide is pretty useful:
Most of the information is available online through MLB.com. There is one bit of information, though, that isn't. That's the service time. It may be a bit confusing when seeing it the first time around. It may seem like a pretty big coincidence that no players have fractional service time that exceeds X.2. This is because service time is not represented in a decimal form. For example, Tim Byrdak's Major League Service is listed as 2.161. This is not 2 years plus another 161/1000 of a year. It's actually 2 years and 161 days in a year, where 172 days counts as a full season. There is no rounding in service time. If you are at 5.171, you have to wait a whole season to become free agent eligible.
Pitchers and catchers officially report tomorrow, but if it makes anybody feel better, most players have already reported to Spring Training. The greatest time of year is almost here. I can't wait.