After a busy offseason of players moving to new organizations via minor league free agency, several former IronPigs have found new homes. While others are still considering their options, we will take a look at some departing pieces from last year's IronPigs squad.
Carlos Alonso - The former 'Pigs infielder has decided to retire from baseball after an injury-riddled 2015 and 2016 campaign. Alonso will now look to pursue a career in coaching in some aspect. In the past two seasons, the Boston native has only played in 49 games after tearing a ligament in his left knee in 2015. The injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season after playing in just 12 games with the Fightin Phills. This past season, Alonso was casually taking infield in batting practice, when a line drive hit him in the face and fractured his jaw. In his last full season in the minor leagues, which was back in 2014, Alonso hit .272 (127-for-467) with 10 home runs and 44 RBI and was named a mid-season All-Star in the Eastern League with Reading.
Emmanuel Burris - Another member of the 2016 IronPigs team will not be returning to the Phillies organization as Burris has decided to return to the Washington Nationals, whom he played for in 2015. Burris began the 2016 campaign with the Phillies, but was sent down half way through the season in June to be with the 'Pigs for two months. During his time with the IronPigs, the switch-hitting infielder hit .263 (46-for-175) with six doubles and 13 RBI. Burris will more than likely begin the 2017 season with International League foe Syracuse, but could see time in a Nationals uniform where he appeared in five games in 2015.
Frank Herrmann - The Rutherfurd, N.J., native has yet to sign with a team after electing free agency on Oct. 13, 2016. In 2016 with the IronPigs, Herrmann was solid out of the 'pen posting a 6-1 mark with a 1.72 ERA in 31.1 innings over 27 appearances. After making 14 appearances for the Phillies at the end of the season, the Phillies outrighted Herrmann to Lehigh Valley allowing him to elect free agency. With the Phillies this past fall, Herrmann went 1-2 with an 8.40 ERA in 15.0 innings. If he returns to the Phillies the right-hander could be a staple for the 'Pigs 'pen early on for 2017, but could make his way back up to the City of Brotherly Love before seasons end.
Patrick Schuster - The Former IronPigs southpaw has decided to continue his career elsewhere, signing this offseason with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has been assigned to their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. Schuster began the 2016 season with the Nashville Sounds, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics before eventually making his major league debut. He was then designated for assignment by the Athletics and picked up by the Phillies two days later on Aug. 12, 2016. In total for the 2016 season between Nashville and Lehigh Valley, Schuster made 38 appearances (6 with the IronPigs) and had a record of 1-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched. Schuster also made six appearances with the Phillies in 2016.
Anthony Vasquez - After spending two seasons in the Phillies farm system, the San Antonio native signed with the Detroit Tigers this offseason and will report to International League foe Toledo for the 2017 campaign. The southpaw split the 2016 season between Reading and Lehigh Valley combining for a 12-4 record with a 3.08 ERA in 172.1 innings and racked up 119 strikeouts between the two clubs. With the 'Pigs in 2016, Vasquez started 12 games with a 4-1 record and had a 2.64 ERA in 71.2 innings. He signed with Detroit on Jan. 10, 2017, and was assigned to Toledo on the same day. Vasquez leaves tied for first as the IronPigs leader in complete games for a single season (2) as well as for a career (3) and 10th on the all-time games started list with 32.
Greg Infante - The right-handed reliever will join the Chicago White Sox organization after signing a minor league contract with the team this offseason. With the IronPigs in 2016, the Caracas, VE, native pitched in nine games for the 'Pigs where he was 2-1 with a 5.82 ERA. He was sent down to Double-A Reading on May 6, 2016, and only pitched in two more games with the Lehigh Valley for the remainder of the season. With the Fightin Phils, Infante went 4-2 with a 4.84 ERA over 44.2 innings in 30 appearances (one start).
Other members of the 2016 IronPigs roster who are still free agents and have yet to sign include Cedric Hunter, Jimmy Paredes and James Russell.
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