After checking off two items of their 2012 off season list of needs, the Philadelphia Phillies made their next move by signing Zach Miner to a minor league deal.
Miner is a right-handed pitcher who has bounced around four major league systems. Of those four, he has made MLB appearances with only the Detroit Tigers from 2006-2009. Miner was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2000 amateur draft.
Miner made his major league debut with the Tigers as a 24-year old. In his four year major league career, he has a total record of 25-20 with a 4.24 ERA in 357.0 innings. Miner has not dazzled in his career but he was apart of the 2006 Tigers that made it to the World Series only to lose to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Along with the minor league deal, the now 30-year old right-hander will also get an invite to Spring Training. Miner is looking for a chance to get back to the major leagues after suffering an elbow injury in 2009 that required him to undergo Tommy John surgery and cause him to miss the entire 2010 season.
Miner spent the 2011 season in the Kansas City Royals minor league system and the 2012 season in the Tigers minor league system. Last season, Miner pitched 42.0 innings and recorded a 2-0 record with a 2.79 ERA while splitting time in double-A and triple-A.
Miner could be a under the radar acquisition for the Phillies who are looking for all the help they can get in their rotation as well as their bullpen. Miner has spent time in both spots throughout his career. He is a low-risk, high-reward signing for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, MLB, NHL, and NFL with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia sports for Buzz On Broad.