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Diamondbacks add four to 40-man

Three Smokies added to roster
November 28, 2005
PHOENIX, Arizona -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the addition of four players to the club's 40-man roster. The team acquired the contracts of right-handed pitcher Mike Schultz, left-handed pitcher Doug Slaten, catcher Miguel Montero and infielder Sergio Santos.

Schultz, 25, went 4-6 with 6 saves and a 3.58 ERA in a Southern League-leading 63 appearances for Tennessee (AA). He struck out 68 and surrendered only three home runs in 65.1 innings. Schultz was Arizona's 2nd round selection in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.

Slaten, 25, also spent the year working out of the bullpen at Tennessee (AA). He was 2-2 with one save and a 4.26 ERA over 58 trips to the hill. The Diamondbacks' 17th round selection in the 2000 draft amassed 72 strikeouts in 61.1 innings for a ratio of 10.57 K's per 9-innings, tops on the pitching staff and third among Southern League relievers. He limited opposing hitters to a .262 average, including a .230 mark by left-handed batters. He also participated in the Arizona Fall League, going 2-0 with a 6.28 ERA in a dozen outings for the champion Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Montero, 22, began the 2005 season year with Lancaster (A) and torched California League pitchers for a circuit-best .349 average with 24 home runs and 82 RBI in 85 games. He turned in an All-Star season and ranked third in the league with a .625 slugging percentage. He was the starting catcher for the World Squad at the 2005 Futures Game on July 10 in Detroit. The next day he was moved up to Tennessee (AA) and finished the season with the Smokies, batting .250 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 30 contests before being sidelined by a strained abdominal muscle. Montero's off-season began with a brief stint in the Arizona Fall League, batting .421 with two homers and nine RBI in six games. He then returned to his native Venezuela and has been playing for Occidente in the Venezuelan Winter League. He was signed by Arizona as a non-drafted free agent on April 23, 2001.

Santos, 22, spent the entire campaign with Tucson (AAA), his first-ever look at Triple-A action. Arizona's 1st round selection (27 th overall) in the 2002 draft, batted .239 with 21 doubles, 12 home runs and 68 RBI in 132 games. Following a slow start over his first 25 contests, he adjusted and batted .260 over the remainder of the season. The Diamondbacks also requested outright waivers on lefthanded pitcher Bill Murphy, infielder Jerry Gil and outfielder Marland Williams. All three players cleared waivers and were outrighted to Tucson (AAA).

The Diamondbacks currently have 37 players on the roster-20 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and four outfielders. The roster currently includes pitchers Greg Aquino, Brian Bruney, Jason Bulger, Lance Cormier, Edgar Gonzalez, Enrique Gonzalez, Michael Gosling (L), Brad Halsey (L), Brandon Lyon, Brandon Medders, Dustin Nippert, Russ Ortiz, Ramon Pena, Mike Schultz, Doug Slaten (L), Jose Valverde, Claudio Vargas, Javier Vazquez, Oscar Villarreal and Brandon Webb; catchers Koyie Hill, Miguel Montero and Chris Snyder; infielders Alex Cintron, Tony Clark, Craig Counsell, Stephen Drew, Troy Glaus, Andy Green, Conor Jackson, Sergio Santos, and Chad Tracy; and outfielders Luis Gonzalez, Shawn Green, Scott Hairston, Josh Kroeger and Luis Terrero.