Minor League Free Agents Announced

List of minor league free agents includes four pitchers and features six players who spent most of their time at Triple-A.

The Milwaukee Brewers have nine minor league free agents according to the updated list that Baseball America released Thursday.

They include right-handed pitchers Nestor Corredor (R) and Nick Ungs (AAA), lefties Troy Cate (AAA) and Erasmo Ramirez (AAA), second baseman Callix Crabbe (AAA), shortstops Ozzie Chavez (AA) and Chris Woodward (AAA) and outfielders Jay Gibbons (AAA) and Mel Stocker (A).

Ungs was signed to a minor league deal in January after spending 2007 in the Marlins system. He split his time with Huntsville and Nashville, combining for a 6-4 mark and 4.29 earned-run average. He struck out 51 and walked 20 in 79.2 innings.

Corredor has spent most of the past five seasons bouncing around the Brewers' Class A and rookie league teams. He finished 1-1 with a 7.52 ERA in 13 games at Helena this past summer.

Cate pitched in 12 games with Sacramento of the PCL before joining the Milwaukee organization, going 3-0 at Huntsville in four appearances and finishing 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games with the Sounds.

Ramirez worked in 42 games covering 54.2 innings for Nashville, compiling a 3-5 record and 3.46 ERA while striking out 48 and walking 11. He was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 outings in the Mexican Winter League.

Woodward continued his journeyman ways, playing 19 games in the International League before hooking on with Nashville for 71 contests, hitting .291 with 20 extra-base hits, 39 RBI and .341 on-base percentage.

Chavez spent most of '08 with the Sounds, batting just .223 in 87 games with only 12 extra-base hits among his 56-hit total. He walked 17 times and struck out on 49 occasions, giving him a lowly .272 OBP. He then batted .350 in seven games with Huntsville. He is participating in the Dominican Winter League, where he was hitting .300 in 13 contests.

Gibbons played five games for Huntsville after signing with Milwaukee and finished the campaign with 29 appearances at Nashville, where he batted .312 with five long balls and 15 RBI and .348 OBP. He is currently swinging away in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he was hitting .204 through his first 17 games.

Stocker filled in all over, bouncing from Nashville to Brevard County. He combined for a .300 average after batting .323 with the Manatees.

Crabbe spent his summer with Nashville, hitting .270 in 69 games with a 41-40 strikeout-to-walk ratio for a .386 OBP.


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