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  • Writer's pictureSteve Potter

12/14/21 : Catching Up on Some Minor League Signings

The Phillies today announced that seven pitchers on minor league contracts have been extended big league spring training camp invitations.

RHP Cam Bedrosian, RHP Andrew Bellatti, RHP Tyler Cyr, RHP Joe Gatto, RHP Michael Kelly, RHP Jake Newberry & Kyle Dohy.

I wrote about Kelly and Bellatti previously

Tyler Cyr is a hard thrower who has shown a 99 mph fastball. He was the 10th round pick of the SF Giants in 2015 from Embry-Riddle University. Last season he struck out 49 batters in 36 2/3 IP with AAA level Sacramento.

“He brings solid velocity (typically sitting 96-97 in 2019) that plays up thanks to a deceptive cross-delivery which makes him particularly tough on lefties. His slider had a slurviness about it prior to elbow surgery in 2018 but it got more bite on it after coming back and he also added a change or cutter that comes in at about 90 giving effective separation.” - Roger Munter - sub stack dot com

“Potentially getting his first taste in San Francisco in 2021, Cyr should have some mid-relief impact in short stints. Cross-fire delivery, Cyr can reach upper 90’s and adds in a CB and CH to keep hitters off balance. In 2019, Tyler had 59 SO in 50.1 IP while only allowing 1 HR, something he’s done well with. Over 5 seasons with the Giants, Cyr has only allowed 6 HR.” - Prospects 1500 dot com

Joe Gatto - has shown mid to upper 90’s with his fastball, spent a good amount of time in 2020 working out a Driveline where he added strength, adjusted his release point and further developed what’s considered a swing and miss curve ball. He was the 2nd round draft choice of the Angels in the 2014 draft from St Augustine High School in Richland, NJ. Gatto became a free agent following the 2020 season and was signed to a major league contract by the Rangers in December of that season.

He pitched at both the AA and AAA levels in 2021, he’s very athletic per various reports and is a big fella at 6’3” 220. Could be a Diamond in the rough discovery this spring.

Jake Newberry - was the 37th round draft selection of the KC Royals in the 2012 draft from Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, CA. He’s pitched his entire career with the Royals as a reliever including 65 big league appearances.

Newberry relies on 3 pitches. Slider (52%) 4-Seam Fastball (45%) Changeup (3%). On average he throws his fastball at 93.4 MPH with it topping out at 95.2 MPH - Baseball Savant

He has a very good slider that he features. “Owns a projectable (6-2) frame and the ability to be used as a closer in the minor leagues. Can dominate via the strikeout at lower levels, which makes him a candidate to pitch in high-leverage situations in MLB. Despite his strikeout ability, he also has a tendency to be a bit too hittable at times (even in the minors). Could stand to add more bulk to his frame for greater stamina. Must avoid serving up too many long balls.

Long Range Potential: Solid right-hander with some upside.” - sports forecaster dot com

Bedrosian and Dohy were both with the Phillies last season. Dohy has the capabilities of being a very good reliever with strikeout stuff, he’s been a dominant strikeout pitcher in the minor leagues.

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