Jays Sign 6 to Minor League Contracts

Here is the press release. We knew about Abreu, Budde and Stokes. Henn pitched in Vegas last year. Patterson was a first round pick in the 1998 draft. 

BLUE JAYS SIGN SIX

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed OF COREY PATTERSON, RHP WINSTON ABREU, C RYAN BUDDE, LHP SEAN HENN, LHP MIKE HINCKLEY and RHP BRIAN STOKES to minor league contracts with invites to Major League spring training.

PATTERSON, 31, spent last season with Baltimore, posting a .269 average with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 90 games. The Atlanta, Georgia native has appeared in 1097 games over an 11-year career, recording a .253 average with 112 home runs, 395 RBI and 205 stolen bases.

ABREU, 33, spent the previous season in the Rays organization, going 0-4 with a 2.28 ERA in 51 relief appearances with Durham (AAA). The Cotui, Sanchez Ramirez, Dominican native has appeared in 38 major league games, all in relief, while posting a career 0-1 record with a 7.31 ERA.

BUDDE, 31, spent last season in the Los Angeles Angels system, appearing in 53 games for Salt Lake (.244, HR, 13 RBI) and six for Los Angeles (.400, HR, 3RBI). The right-handed hitting catcher has been with Los Angeles for all nine of his professional seasons and has appeared in 29 games for the Angels, posting a career .212 average with one home run and four RBI.

HENN, 29, spent last season in the Blue Jays organization pitching in Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League (AAA). The Fort Worth, Texas native posted a record of 3-4 with two saves while owning an ERA of 4.73 in 38 games (nine starts). The lefthander has appeared in 60 major league games (five starts), posting a record of 2-9 with an ERA of 7.56.

HINCKLEY, 28, spent last season in the Orioles organization, going 1-5 with a 3.86 ERA in a combined 30 games (one start) between Bowie (AA) and Norfolk (AAA). The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 3rd round of the 2001 June Draft. The southpaw has appeared in 28 major league games, all with the Nationals in 2008-2009, posting an ERA of 1.93 in 28 relief appearances.

STOKES, 31, appeared in 16 games for the Los Angeles Angels last season, posting an 8.10 ERA in 16.2 innings. The Pomona, California native also made 13 appearances for Salt Lake in the Pacific Coast League (AAA), going 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA. In five seasons the right-hander has appeared in 173 major league games with three teams (Tampa Bay, New York Mets, Los Angeles) recording a 6-11 mark with a 5.27 ERA.

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