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Sullivan Signs Minor League Deal

Posted By Christopher Rowe On Feb 11 2011 @ 6:58 pm In Philadelphia Phillies | No Comments

[1]The Phillies have signed outfielder Cory Sullivan to a Minor League contract, according to several sources including MLB.com and Phillies.com.

Sullivan will be in Minor League camp with a possibility of making the major league club. It is likely that Sullivan (a left-handed hitter) would have to outperform Ross Gload (L), John Mayberry, Jr. (R) and Domonic Brown (L) in order to ride the Phillies bench. If Sullivan fails to earn a major league roster spot, he would likely look to audition in Spring Training for another club as a spare outfielder. Sullivan will head for AAA Lehigh Valley in the event that he fails to make a major league roster. 

[2]His arrival provides the Phillies some outfield depth, particularly in center field. Sullivan has played 260 games in center field in his career, which he has spent with the Rockies, Mets and Astros. Sullivan is a career .271 hitter. He hit .188 in 64 at-bats last season with Houston and .250 for the Mets in 136 AB in 2009. Sullivan has 1127 AB  in 467 major league games over 6 seasons with 10 HR and 32 SB with a .994 overall fielding percentage in all three OF spots.

[3]Drafted by the Colorado Rockies [4] in the 7th round [5] of the 2001 amateur draft. Sullivan was with the Rockies during their 2007 World Series run, which included sweeping the Phillies in the NLDS before eventually losing to the Boston Red Sox. Boston swept the Rockies in the 2007 World Series en route to their second championship in four seasons.

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