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Orr re-signs with Phillies; BA's and BB's top 10 comparison

The Phillies have signed one of their own free-agent infielders, but the move is not going to send the excite-o-meter tilting to the right.

Orr re-signs with Phillies; BA's and BB's top 10 comparison

The Phillies have signed Pete Orr to a minor-league deal. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)
The Phillies have signed Pete Orr to a minor-league deal. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)

The Phillies have signed one of their own free-agent infielders, but the move is not going to send the excite-o-meter tilting to the right.

Matt Provence, director of media relations for the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, tweeted that infielder Pete Orr has signed a minor-league contract with the team.

Orr, 32, made the Phillies' 25-man roster out of spring training last season and bounced back and forth between the big-league team and Lehigh Valley throughout the year.

With the Phillies, the left-handed hitting infielder batted .219 with three doubles and four RBIs in 46 games. At Lehigh Valley, he batted .267 with 16 doubles, five home runs, 26 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 75 games. Orr will be in spring training again as a non-roster invitee.

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Baseball America's Top 10

Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown no longer has rookie status and is no longer a minor-league prospect in the eyes of Baseball America, which has released its latest addition of the team's top 10 prospects.

Here is the publication's top 10: 1. Trevor May, RHP 2. Jesse Biddle, LHP 3. Sebastian Valle, C 4. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP 5. Phillippe Aumont, RHP 6. Freddy Galvis, SS 7. Justin De Fratus, RHP 8. Brody Colvin, RHP 9. Jiwan James, OF 10. Maikel Franco, 3B

Here's the top 10 I published when the minor-league season concluded: 1. Domonic Brown, LF 2. Trevor May, RHP 3. Jesse Biddle, LHP 4. Sebastian Valle, C 5. Julio Rodriguez, RHP 6.  Freddy Galvis, SS 7. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP 8. Phillippe Aumont, RHP 9. Justin DeFratus, RHP 10. Michael Schwimer, RHP

I agree with Baseball America that Brown no longer belongs on the list of prospects, although I still believe he has a future in the big leagues and I agree with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that more time in the minors would help him develop.

My list is pretty similar to the one published by BA. Rodriguez, despite winning 16 games and posting a 2.76 ERA at single-A Clearwater last season, does not have the kind of stuff that will impress scouts as much as May, Pettibone or even Brody Colvin, who struggled at Clearwater.

I would probably move Schwimer out of the top 10 as well after watching him struggle with his command at the big-league level in September.

If I had to make a new list right now, it would look like this: 1. May, 2. Biddle, 3. Valle, 4. Galvis, 5. Pettibone, 6. De Fratus, 7. Aumont, 8. Rodriguez, 9. Cesar Hernandez, 10. Joe Savery.

My two newcomers are Hernandez and Savery. Hernandez, a second baseman, rebounded strong after a difficult start at single-A Clearwater and Savery became the organization's most intriguing prospect after a season in which he went from a first baseman/DH at Clearwater to a reliever throwing in the mid-90s at Lehigh Valley. It was that fastball that made him a No. 1 draft pick and it had not been seen for quite some time.

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