11-10-2012, 08:39 PM #1
Twins Sign C Eric Fryer to Minor League Contract
The Twins confirmed that the Twins have signed catcher Eric Fryer to a minor league contract.
Hey, they had great luck signing a former Pirates catcher last offseason, so now they're trying it again. Fryer got four at bats for the Pirates in 2012 after going 7-26 for the Bucs a year earlier.
Last year in Indianapolis, he hit .204/.257/.247 in just 65 games (176 PA). He has seven doubles.
He has a .770 career minor league OPS, but has not hit at all above AA.
Can't be any worse than Rene Rivera, I guess!
11-10-2012, 11:17 PM #2
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But. can he pitch?
11-11-2012, 12:18 AM #3
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Buetera's sweating already.
11-11-2012, 12:25 AM #4
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11-11-2012, 12:22 PM #5
Fryer's been old for every level where he has had success. The time he had success in AA was only about 130+ PAs, so even that should be taken with a grain of salt. The Butera comp isn't a bad one when you consider he's hit .204 in AAA. (Was he hurt or something? 319 PA in 1.5 years in AAA?)
The one thing I noticed different about his stat line is that he doesn't strikeout too much, or at lease has a decent K/BB ratio. That seems odd for a .204 hitter. If the Twins signed him, it means they had someone on their scouting vouch for him. Maybe they see something the stats don't.
11-11-2012, 12:42 PM #6
He's a backup AAA catcher... he and Danny Lehmann will likely g to spring training to determine who gets to back up Chris Herrmann in Rochester. The other one can back up Josmil Pinto and Dan Rohlfing in AA.
11-11-2012, 01:50 PM #7
Of course, this signing means that Drew Butera has sewn up a 25 man roster spot with MN
11-11-2012, 02:01 PM #8
11-11-2012, 02:36 PM #9
11-11-2012, 02:47 PM #10
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This signing doesn't mean anything. They're giving themselves a bit more minor league depth. That's it. Doesn't have anything to do with Butera.