Tigers sign Brendan Ryan and Ronnie Mitchell to minor league pacts

The Detroit Tigers have reportedly come to terms with two more players on minor league deals, only one of which has been officially announced by the club.

Brendan Ryan, 34, has spent parts of ten seasons with four different organizations, both in the majors and minors, most recently with the Angels in 2016. Ryan however only appeared in 14 games and was just 1-for-13 at the dish. His everyday duties are behind him, Ryan holds a career .233 batting average and .607 OPS. Primarily a middle infielder in his career, Ryan has shown the willingness in recent seasons to be versatile defensively. He spent three years with the Yankees where they played him at every infield position.

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Of the innings he’s logged defensively in his big league career, better than 86 percent of the time has been at the shortstop position.

Outfielder Ronnie Mitchell, 25, comes over from the Marlins system. Miami signed him to a minor league deal of their own in May during the year after the Astros cut ties with him. Mitchell is original property of the Astros, a 38th-round pick out of Dallas Baptist back in 2013. He continued to climb through the farm system in 2016, finishing the season with Miami’s Double-A affiliate in Jacksonville.

Mitchell has posted modest numbers offensively in his professional career, slashing .275/.347/.447 in just a little under 1,200 official at-bats. He’s basically averaging an RBI every other game in his career (185 RBI in 343 games) with some respectable sock, a little more than a third of his hits are of the extra-base variety. Defensively, Mitchell is primarily a corner outfielder but has also seen considerable time at DH.

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Mitchell will be assigned to Double-A Erie for the Tigers, while Ryan is expected to receive an invite to camp to make the big league club.

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