That's surely the case for two left-handed pitchers this morning after being added to 40-man rosters of their parent major league organizations.
Caleb Thielbar, who climbed quickly after being signed out of the American Association (St. Paul, MN), is now on the Minnesota Twins' 40-man protection list. The same is true for Brandon Sisk, acquired by the Los Angeles Angels recently in a trade with Kansas City. Sisk had an unusual start in that he was in the Continental League, a circuit that gained limited success before failing. He pitched near Houston for a team called Bay Area.
Twenty players with Independent experience are now on 40-man rosters, which basically have been set (except for free agent signings) 10 days ahead of the Winter Meetings. Three more veterans who are free agents likely will pad that number.
METS SIGN SCOTT RICE
Still one more southpaw, Scott Rice, has been signed as a free agent by the New York Mets although he currently has a minor league contract. Rice had been in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system after pitching for Atlantic League teams in York, PA, Long Island, NY and Newark, NJ. The latter now is in the Can-Am League.
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