With the American Association of Professional Baseball’s spring training set to start on Thursday, June 25th, with the regular season to follow on Friday, July 3rd, St. Paul Saints manager George Tsamis went to work and signed three players yesterday: catcher Mitch Ghelfi, infielder Connor Justus, and utilityman JC Millan.
The Milwaukee Brewers organization selected Ghelfi in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The 27-year-old switch-hitting Ghelfi spent last year in the New York Mets’ organization primarily at High-A St. Lucie. Battling injuries throughout the season, he hit .240 with one home run and 21 RBI in 57 games. In 183 at-bats he scored 24 runs, had three doubles, two triples, a .307 on-base percentage, and a .295 slugging percentage. Ghelfi also spent a three-game rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League, where he threw out an extraordinary 24 of 45 base runners, for 53.3 percent clip.
The Miami Marlins signed Millan to a free agent contract in 2016 out of Broward (FL) Junior College. He spent all of that season in the Gulf Coast League and hit .188 with eight RBI in 24 games.
— Jerry Del Priore
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