Minor League Signings: Padres Sign Free Agent Pitchers Blaine Boyer and Zach Braddock

Jonathan Ferrey

The Padres have added even more organizational depth in the past couple days, signing a pair of pitchers with major league experience to minor league deals. Both right-hander Blaine Boyer and lefty Zach Braddock last pitched in the majors in 2011.

Boyer has pitched in parts of seven seasons for four clubs, most notably the Braves. He has thrown 234 innings in 233 appearances to the tune of a 9-14 record with a 4.81 ERA. His minor league numbers aren't much better, but he did pitch well in his 13 games with Kansas City's AAA affiliate in Omaha last season. Boyer posted an ERA of 3.00 in the small sample size of 15 innings. After being released by the Royals, he had success in Japan, going 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a WHIP of just 0.889 in 27 innings spread over 22 games for the Hanshin Tigers.

Braddock is less well-traveled than Boyer, having pitched just two seasons for only one team. The seasons were 2010 and '11, and the team was the Brewers. He did well in his rookie year, putting up an ERA shy of three in 33.2 innings over 46 appearances in a LOOGY role. Braddock wasn't as successful in 2011, lasting just 17.1 innings with an astronomical 7.27 ERA. His K-rate dropped from a ridiculous 11 strikeouts-per-nine-innings to a still-impressive 9.3. His walk rate was also high both years - 5.1 and 5.7 per nine, respectively. These numbers were no fluke, as he has had double-digit K's-per-nine in the minors every year since 2009, averaging 12.0.

There was no mention made regarding invitations to big league camp for either one, so I'll assume they weren't extended the same courtesy that fellow minor league signing Xavier Nady was. More shall be revealed.

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