The Dodgers have not been very busy this offseason so far, but they did add a few players to their Minor League system this week. The five players will also get an invitation to Major League Spring Training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.
The players signed to contracts include four pitchers and one catcher.
Gregory Infante is a 25-year old pitcher originally from Venezuela. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 2006, and he made his MLB debut on September 7, 2010 for the Sox. He played in 5 games with Chicago and pitched a total of 4 2/3 innings in the Majors in 2010. He struck out 5 batters and walked 4, and has yet to surrender an earned run at the Major League level. Last season he played mostly with the AAA-Charlotte Knights, and he finished with a 4-1 record and 3.66 ERA over 32 innings of work. Infante was released by the White Sox on August 30th.
Hector Correa, a 24-year old pitcher from Puerto Rico, was drafted by the Marlins in
the 4th round of the 2006 draft. The right-hander has been plagued with injuries. Last season he pitched only 18 innings with the Advanced-A San Jose Giants where he posted a 1-2 record with a high ERA of 7.50.
Kelvin De La Cruz, a 24-year old left-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic has played seven seasons in the minors. Last season with the AA-Erie SeaWolves, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, De La Cruz went 5-8 with a 4.92 ERA in 18 games started. He pitched 115 1/3 innings while striking out 92 and walking 50 batters.
Juan Abreu, a 27-year old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, was
originally signed as an amateur free agent back in 2001 by the Kansas City Royals. He made his MLB debut on August 29, 2011 with the Houston Astros. He pitched in 7 games for Houston, and in the 6 2/3 innings he struck out 12 batters. Toronto claimed Abreu off waivers from Houston on August 10th, and he was 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA (in just 3 1/3 innings)with the AAA-Las Vegas 51s, an affiliate of the Blue Jays.
Wilkin Castillo is a 28-year old switch-hitting catcher from the Dominican Republic. He briefly appeared for a cup of coffee (22 games) in the Majors back in 2008 and 2009 for the Cincinnati Reds. He hit .314 with 11 hits in 35 at bats with the Reds. Last season he played for the AAA-Colorado Springs Sky Sox where he hit .253/.273/.365 with 4 homeruns and 34 RBIs in 74 games. Castillo is very versatile, and he has played almost every position in the minors except pitcher. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002 by the Arizona Diamondbacks.