According to a tweet from Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, the Colorado Rockies have signed former Boston Red Sox draft pick Nick Longhi to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Longhi, who has played both first base and in the outfield, was drafted by the Red Sox in the 30th round of the 2013 MLB amateur draft and was in Boston’s minor league system (progressing as high as Double-A) before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds in July of 2017 in exchange for international amateur signing bonus pool space. At the time of the trade, Longhi was listed as Boston’s ninth-highest prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com.
While in the Reds system, Longhi advanced to Triple-A for portions of the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In 143 games during that span, Longhi posted a .273/.322/.430 slash line. In 2019, he hit 12 homers and drove in 51, but also struck out 102 times in 424 at-bats.
In Speier’s tweet, he mentions that the 25-year-old Longhi resigned with the Red Sox on a minor league deal prior to the 2020 campaign. Additionally, he appeared in 16 spring training games for Boston before play was halted. If you want to read more about what Longhi could have potentially brought to the Red Sox had COVID-19 not impacted the season, check out this article from our colleagues at BoSoxInjection.com.
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With the reported signing, Colorado adds to an offseason where they have made a few minor league signings, including former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez, infielder/outfielder Connor Joe, who was invited by the Los Angeles Dodgers to spring training in 2020, and former Los Angeles Angels catcher Jose Briceno. Additionally, Chi Chi Gonzalez was non-tendered by the Rockies in early December and then signed to a minor league deal 10 days later.
As of the time of this writing, Colorado still has one spot open on its 40-man roster.