The Phillies have started filling holes in their minor league system with the signing of five minor league free agents. The list includes four players with major league experience. Newly added to the organization are infielders Emmanuel Burriss and Ryan Jackson and three right-handed pitchers, Frank Herrmann, Chris Leroux and Reinier Roibal. Leroux, 31, and Roibal, 26, both pitched in the Phillies organization last season. Leroux pitched at both Lehigh Valley and Reading after being signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent following his release by the Brewers, who also had him pitching at the Triple-A level. Roibal spent the bulk of the season at Reading after opening the year with Clearwater.
In 2015, Leroux pitched in 30 minor league games - 29 at Triple-A and one at Double-A - making five starts and posting an ERA of 3.90 on the season. In his career, Leroux has made 65 relief appearances at the major league level with the Marlins, Pirates and Yankees. Roibal was a combined 7-2, 2.09 in six relief appearances with the Threshers and 20 relief appearances and five starts with Reading.
Herrmann, a reliever, pitched in parts of three seasons with Cleveland from 2010-2012 after being signed by the Indians as an amateur free agent in 2005. In 95 major league relief appearances, Herrmann has a 4.26 ERA and a 4-1 record with one save. Last season, Herrmann pitched in the Angels and Pirates organizations, posting a combined 4-2, 4.10 mark at the Triple-A level. Herrmann, 31, was born in Rutherford, New Jersey and graduated from Harvard University.
Emmanuel Burriss has played in the majors for San Francisco and played five games with the Washington National last season, getting two hits in three-at-bats. In his major league career, Burriss is a .245 hitter. The 30-year old spent the past two seasons in the Nationals organization and has played in 686 minor league games since being drafted by the Giants with the 33rd overall pick in the 2006 Draft. Most of Burriss' games have come in the middle infield, but he has played sparingly at third base and all three outfield positions.
Ryan Jackson, 27, played in 22 games with the Angels last season and has also played in the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 42 major league games, Jackson has hit just .061 in 33 at-bats. At the minor league level though, Jackson is a career .272 hitter, who hit a combined .295 playing at the Triple-A level for both the Royals and Angels. Primarily a shortstop, Jackson has also played at third and second and has played seven minor league games in left field in his career.