Before the madness of the offseason gets underway tomorrow, the Blue Jays made a small signing this afternoon picking up right-handed reliever Gregory Infante. What do you need to know about the 27-year-old from Venezuela? He throws GAS. That's about all there is to know actually... The righty pitched with the Jays in both AA and AAA this season throwing 46.1 innings and ending with an ERA of 1.94. Most of his time was spent being the New Hampshire Fisher Cats' closer, resulting in a total of 22 saves with the team.
#bluejays announce they've re-signed minor-league RHP Gregory Infante to a minor-league deal w/ invite to spring training.— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) October 29, 2014
Infante has a fastball that runs in the high-90's along with a curveball and changeup. The reliever was originally signed out of Caracas, Venezuela as an amateur free agent in 2006 by the Chicago White Sox and was considered a solid prospect in his early years with the team. Going into the 2010 season, Infante was actually the #9 prospect for the White Sox according to FanGraphs who projected him to be a solid back-end of the bullpen guy.
He never really flamed out like some career minor leaguers (nor like our Minor Leaguer), but he never got much of a shot at the major league level (just five appearances in 2010). Likely the Venezuelan will continue to be a closer in the Toronto minor league system, but it's a name to remember if he happens to get a shot with the big league squad sometime next season.
Minor Leaguer dug up this nugget from earlier in the year:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Blue Jays Double-A reliever Gregory Infante hit 100 mph four times in one inning. Bit of a one-trick pony, but a pretty cool trick to have.</p>— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenBadler/status/486702755588100096">July 9, 2014</a></blockquote>
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