Veteran Presence In NashvilleWhile this year’s Nashville Sounds roster could feature its fair share of prospects, the team should also have plenty of experienced veterans.
The Brewers used the offseason to sign many players with past MLB experience and some of those players will be filling out the Sounds roster when they break camp for the 2014 season. Here is a look at some of the veteran players that Milwaukee signed this past offseason who could see time at Triple-A.
Jeremy Hermida – Hermida was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2002 draft by the Florida Marlins. He made his Major League debut in 2005 with the Marlins, playing in 47 games. Hermida was with the Marlins through the 2009 season, then spent time with Boston, Oakland, Cincinnati and San Diego. Last season he played in 132 games for Cleveland’s AAA affiliate, Columbus. In eight seasons in the Major Leagues, Hermida hit .257 with 65 home runs.
Pete Orr – The 34-year-old Canadian was signed by the Atlanta Braves in 1999 and made his MLB debut with Atlanta in 2005. He’s spent eight seasons in the big leagues with Atlanta, Washington and Philadelphia. Orr has a career .257 Major League average and can play second base or third base.
Greg Golson – Golson was a first round selection (21st overall) of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2004. He made his Major League debut in 2008 with the Phillies, and has also spent time with the Rangers and Yankees. He’s played in 40 big league games over four season.
Robinzon Diaz – Diaz spent last year in the Brewers organization, splitting time between Huntsville and Nashville. He was signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2000 and made his MLB debut with Toronto in 2008. Diaz played in 44 big league games between 2008-2009 with the Blue Jays and Pirates.
Taylor Green – Green has spent his entire career in the Brewers organization after being drafted in the 25th round in 2005. Given the chance to compete for playing time at both first and third base prior to last season, Green missed all of 2013 with a hip injury. In 154 Major League at bats, Green hit .207 with 3 home runs and 15 RBI.
Matt Pagnozzi – The 31-year-old nephew of former Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi, Matt was selected by St. Louis in the 8th round of the 2003 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut with the Cardinals in 2009 and has played in 42 career Major League games with the Cardinals, Rockies, Pirates and Astros.
Joe Thurston – Thurston was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the 1999 draft. He’s played in 184 MLB games between 2002-2011 with the Dodgers, Phillies, Red Sox, Cardinals and Marlins.
Irving Falu – After being drafted by the Royals in the 21st round in 2003, Falu made his big league debut with Kansas City in 2012, appearing in 24 games. The 30-year-old utility infielder signed with the Brewers this offseason, after spending the last 11 years in the Royals organization.
Eugenio Velez – Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2001 by the Toronto Blue Jays, Velez made his MLB debut with the San Francisco Giants in 2007. He spent four seasons from 2007-2011 with the Giants, and played in 34 Major League games with the Dodgers in 2011.