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12/22/23 :  Phillies sign free agent RHP Efrain Contreras to minor league contract

He announced today on his Instagram account that he’s joining the Phillies.

RHP Efrain Contreras - 23 years old - signed by the San Diego Padres on 7/8/17 from Ciudad de Juarez, Mexico

Last season he pitched at the AA level appearing in 35 games (17 starts) posting a 4.92 ERA in 97 IP with 117 K’s and 49 walks, a 1.40 WHIP.  In his minor league career with the Padres he appeared in 93 games (64 starts) amassing 328.1 IP with a 4.03 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.   He pitched for current Lehigh Valley Iron Pig manager Anthony Contreras when AC was the manager of Fort Wayne in 2019 in the Padres system.  Efrain just completed pitching for Cullican in the Mexican Pacific Winter League where he posted a 2.25 ERA in 18 appearances (16 IP) with 18 K’s and 6 walks.

Here are some previous scouting reports I found about him.

“Contreras shows an above-average, low-90s heater, a plus curveball, and an average changeup. His curveball’s particularly wicked, showing plenty hard downward bite.” - Prospect Digest

“The Padres purchased Contreras’ rights from the Mexican League’s Veracruz franchise for $50,000 in 2017 and quickly realized they had a steal. Contreras finished eighth in the Low-A Midwest League in strikeouts in his pro debut in 2019 and drew high praise from general manager A.J. Preller at instructional league in 2020, but he walked off the mound at the end of instructs with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.  Despite not pitching in an official game in two years, Contreras was added to the 40-man roster in November of 2022.  A stout, stocky righthander with an advanced feel for pitching, Contreras was trending toward becoming a back of the rotation starter before his elbow injury.  He locates three pitches for strikes in his 92-95 mph fastball, average downer curveball and fading, above-average changeup in the mid 80s. While none of his pitches are plus, they all play up with how he mixes and commands them. His fastball gets carry up in the zone and his curveball breaks sharply downward, giving him the north-south profile teams covet.” - Baseball America 2022 report

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