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Braves Sign Minor League Lefty

From MLBTR, the Braves have signed a former Phillies prospect, left-hander Yohan Flande to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Here's what MLBTR had to say about the minor signing:

Flande, 25 in January, has spent the last six seasons in the Phillies' farm system. He owns a 3.28 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 501.2 career innings, and spent all of 2010 with Philadelphia's Double-A affiliate. Baseball America ranked Flande as the 17th best prospect in their system before the 2010 season, noting that he sits at 91-92 mph with his fastball and backs it up with a "plus changeup, which gains deception from his stiff, unconventional arm action." They call him a back-of-the-rotation starter or lefty specialist.

He's been stalled at double-A for the past year and a half, and he's been used primarily as a starter. Good signing, though at this point he's nothing more than minor league depth.

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