According to a Tweet of the Cincinnati Reds, nineteen minor league players have been invited to the 2017 spring training camp. One of the nineteen minor leaguers is 27-year old Shawn Zarraga.
After seven years in the organization of the Milwaukee Brewers and two in the Dodgers’, Shawn signed a new one year contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
In the past nine seasons Shawn received three invitations for spring training camp: in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In all cases he received the invitation rather late (in January). This time the Reds seem to know who they are dealing with.
Over the past nine sesaons, Zarraga batted a combined .281 at five different levels (rookie, A Full, A Advanced, AA and AAA). On the defensive side during the nine years in the minors, Shawn threw out 25,4% of the potential base stealers.
The Aruban catcher will fight for a spot on the MLB roster but it is likely that he will start the 2017 season at AAA Louisville or AA Pensacola.
During the 2016 season, when at AA Tulsa, Shawn got a call up to the bigs to fill a void that was created when the Dodgers traded for Carlos Ruiz and sent A.J. Ellis to Philadelphia. Ruiz did not make the team in time, so Zarraga was called up to take his place for one day. He never got any playing time.