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Below is the most updated information I can find regarding Brazilian born AND raised players currently on MLB minor league rosters. Perhaps there have been some additional signings this past offseason, however I haven’t done a thorough audit of all 30 organizations’ minor league rosters, which at this point is still a manual process. So if you know of anybody new from Brazil, please include it!:)
Paulo Orlando, OF- Omaha Stormchasers (KC Class Triple A): .180 BA, 4R, 0 HR, 8RBI, 2SB, .450OPS – Slow start for Orlando in his Triple A debut, but he has had some clutch hits along the way.
Andre Rienzo, P – Winston-Salem Dash (CHW Class A+): 0-0, 2.36 ERA in 5 GS, 33K/12 BB in 26.2 IP. – Excellent start at the Single A Advanced level despite not yet being able to get a decision. In Rienzo’s last start, on May 1, he pitched 7 innings of 1 hit, 1 run ball and struck out 9.
Murillo Gouvea, P - Lexington Legends (HOU Class A): 0-0, 5.63 ERA in 4games, 10K/4BB in 8IP. – At this point, too small a sample size to pass judgement as a guy coming out of the bullpen. Gouvea’s essentially had one good outing, one OK outing, and two not-so-good outings.
Felipe Burin, 3B – 2010 STATS: VSL Mariners (SEA Rookie): .335BA, 41R, 2HR, 22RBI, 4SB, .904OPS. – Burin is listed on the 2011 Venezuelan Summer League Mariners roster, which has yet to start its season.
Pedro Okuda, SS – 2010 STATS: VSL Mariners (SEA Rookie): .221BA, 7R, 6RBI in 41ABs. - Okuda is listed on the 2011 Venezuelan Summer League Mariners roster, which has yet to start its season.
Leonardo Reginatto, SS – 2010 STATS: Princeton Rays (TB Rookie): .279BA, 4R, 0HR, 4RBI, 2SB in 16 games. – Reginatto is listed on the 2011 Princeton roster, which has yet to start its season.
Wester Ramos, RF – 2010 STATS: VSL Rays (TB Rookie): .123BA, 9R, 2RBI in 25 games. – Ramos is listed on the 2011 Venezuelan Summer League Rays roster, which has yet to start its season.
Heitor Correa, P – 2010 STATS: Clearwater Threshers (PHI Class A): 8-14, 6.62 ERA in 27 G (25 GS), 85K/60 BB in 137.1 IP. – Correa’s 2011 status is unknown. He is not currently listed on any of the Phillies’ minor league affiliates rosters though his milb.com profile lists him as “Active”.
**UPDATE: According to Ubiratan Leal of ESPN Brasil: Correa was let go by PHI and was still looking for another team to pick him up.
Tiago Calixto, P – 2010 STATS: DSL White Sox (CHW Rookie): 1-0, 5.02ERA in 8 games (14.1IP), 9K/14BB. – Calixto was released by the White Sox after the 2010 season (his third with the DSL team). Doesn’t look like he has been picked up by any one else.