Mr. Amaro Jr. has been a busy man stockpiling warm bodies for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs roster. In the Lil Piggies inaugural season of 2008, they were a dismal 55-89, but that's going to improve. With prospects Jason Donald, Lou Marson, Carlos Carrasco, Antonio Bastardo, and JA Happ likely on aboard along with a mix of veteran minor leaguers like Andy Tracy, Mike Cervnak, Jason Ellison, Mike Koplove, Gary Majewski, Marcus Giles, Dave Borkowski, Blaine Neal, Justin Lehr, Yorman Bazardo, Terry Tiffie, Paul Hoover, and the new dudes Pablo Ozuna, Jorge Velandia, and Jake Woods the Fe Hams are going to be heaped with talent and players with MLB experience.
*Pablo Ozuna can play all over the infield and a bit of outfield too. The 34 year old has seen time with the Rockies, Marlins, ChiSox, and Dodgers over 7 MLB seasons. Career line: .282/.677.
*Jorge Velandia is also 34 years old, and has played 8 seasons in the majors for the Padres, A's, Mets, Rays, Blue Jays, and Indians putting up the lowly numbers of .189/.544 while playing mostly second and short.
*Jake Woods is a lefthanded reliever, so until he's in his mid 60's he'll be able to find employment via minor league contract. Over 4 seasons with the Angels and Mariners he's pitched in 84 games, racking up 162.7 innings, with a 4.60 era and 1.57 whip.
None of these new guys or the ones listed above (aside from the prospects) are anything to get excited about, but they do offer depth and experience in Triple A for the emergency call-up when the inevitable 15-day DL stint occurs.
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