Cardinals Sign Two Minor League Players

fryerAt the end of today’s General Managers Meetings in Boca Raton, FL Cardinals GM John Mozeliak walked out with no trades or Free Agent signings. What Mozeliak did achieve signing catcher Eric Fryer and pitcher Juan Gonzalez. The Cards needed more catching depth in the minors and Fryer is the second catcher already this winter the team has added. Pitcher Juan Gonzalez, 25, went 2-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 12 saves for Class AAA Oklahoma City. He had 51 strikeouts and 15 walks in 50 innings for the Dodgers’ affiliate. Gonzalez pitched in the Futures Game, but he’s also been in the minor leagues since 2009.The scouting report on Fryer showed he had a lot of the tools necessary to eventually turn into a big league catcher. He was athletic, had a quickness in his response times as a catcher, and was often called “heady” which, for a catcher, is a compliment. The question was always about his bat. There was okay power and good bat speed, but production had been an issue leading into the draft. But, if he could develop as a hitter, he’d be a steal.The signings on both Gonzalez and Fryer have both coming with an invitation to major-league camp

source: MLB/Jesse Lund of Twinkie Town

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