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Braves agree to terms with pitcher Juan Abreu11/24/2009 1:35 PM ET
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms on a Major League contract with six-year minor league free-agent pitcher Juan Abreu. Formerly of the Kansas City Royals system, the right-hander has been added to the Braves' 40-man roster.
Abreu, 24, was originally signed by the Royals in 2003 as a non-drafted free agent. Over his minor league career he has fanned 309 batters in 267.1 innings pitched.
In 2009, he went a combined 5-4 with 16 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 36 games (all in relief) between Wilmington of the Class-A Carolina League and Northwest Arkansas of the Class-AA Texas League. In 20 games at Wilmington, he posted a 3-2 record with 12 saves and a 1.69 ERA, 28 strikeouts and a .114 opponents' batting average in 21.1 innings pitched. Following his promotion to Northwest Arkansas, Abreu went 2-2 with four saves and a 5.75 ERA in 16 contests, recording 25 strikeouts in 20.1 innings of work.
Abreu spent the entire 2008 season with the Burlington Bees of the Class-A Midwest League, going 4-4 with seven saves in 22 games (four starts). He notched a 3.66 ERA, with 104 strikeouts and 42 walks over 76.1 innings, as the league hit just .214 against him. The Braves now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.
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