The Brewers on Monday signed right-hander Zack Segovia to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp.
Segovia, 27, pitched for briefly the Phillies in 2007 and for the Nationals in 2009, and spent 2010 in the Yankees’ Minor League chain. He was the Phillies’ second-round Draft pick in 2002 and underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in 2004.
Over the past two seasons, the Dallas native has made all but three of his 95 appearances as a reliever, posting a 3.24 ERA in the Nationals’ system in 2009 and a 4.19 ERA in 44 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — the Yankees’ top farm club — in 2010. He struck out 51 batters versus 14 walks last season.
In eight appearances for the Nationals in 2009, Segovia averaged 92.8 mph with his fastball, according to the website Fangraphs.com, and also threw sliders and change-ups.
Including Segovia, the Brewers have already invited at least four non-roster pitchers to big league camp. The others are holdovers and are all right-handed: Mark DiDelice, Tim Dillard and Robert Hinton.