Minor League Signings of Minor Note

Tom DubberkeCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2010

The Twins are reported to have signed former Giant first round pick (21st pick in the 2001 Draft) Brad Hennessey.  Hennessey apparently had arm problems last year, because while the Orioles signed him in November 2008 and didn’t release him until June 2009, but he apparently didn’t pitch anywhere in the minors in 2009.

That being said, Hennessey is still only 30 years, and he was a servicable bottom of a major league bullpen pitcher (career 4.69 ERA at the major league level).  His best year was 2007, when he posted a 3.42 ERA for the Giants and recorded 19 saves.

Obviously, the Twins will find out if Hennessey has anything left.

The Giants are also reported to have signed an interesting minor league free agent in Andy Sisco today.  Sisco is enormous, listed at either 6′9″ or 6′10″ and around 270 lbs.  He was the 46th player selected in the 2001 Draft, and he looked fairly promising from 2004 through 2007, although he got his brains beaten out for the most part at the major league level (5.18 career major league ERA), mainly because the Royals rushed him to the majors out of desparation.

Sisco blew out his elbow tendon, had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2008 and 2009.  However, he’s still only 27 years old, and with 141 Ks in 147.2 major league innings pitched, he’s certainly worth a look on a minor league deal.

You never know how a pitcher is going to come back from Tommy John surgery, but so many guys do it with at least some level of post-surgery success now, that signing a pitcher like Sisco is not a bad risk to take.