Phillies Sign Several to MiLB Deals


Jul 26, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Houston Astros pitcher Paul Clemens (56) throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at the Rogers Centre. Toronto defeated Houston 12-6. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies have five more players headed to 2015 Spring Training.

The club announced the signing of five players to minor league contracts, including former Houston Astros pitcher Paul Clemens.

Clemens has a 4-8 record in 48 big league games. The right-hander, used mostly in relief, threw 73.1 innings in 2013 and just 24.2 innings in 2014. He has a lifetime ERA of 5.51 and allows an average of 10.1 hits per nine innings. His home runs allowed is a bit startling as Clemens has given up 21 long balls in 98 innings, averaging 1.9 homers per nine.

Catcher Rene Garcia was also signed and he too was previously in Houston’s organization. Garcia has played at the triple-A level.

Another catcher, veteran Koyie Hill, was signed by the Phillies. Hill, 35, appeared in 10 games for the Phillies in 2014. He hit .238 and scored two runs. Hill has also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins.

The other two signed were infielders: Cord Phelps and Chris Nelson. Phelps has 56 games of big league experience under his belt with a .155 batting average in 116 at bats. Nelson can play all around the infield and has a .265 lifetime big league average with four different teams.

Not long ago the Phillies signed eight others to minor league deals with Spring Training invites, including Jeff Francoeur.