The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms with catcher Xorge Carrillo on a minor league contract, sources tell Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Carrillo, 28, had spent his entire career in the New York Mets organization.
Originally selected in the 14th round of the 2011 draft, the former Arizona State Sun Devil hit .259/.327/.367 in 389 games in the Mets system. Carrillo reached Double-A quickly in 2013, and bounced between Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas for the next three seasons, before serving as one of the 51s’ primary catchers in 2017. He had been playing for Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific Winter League.
Known for raw power and defense behind the plate, Carrillo set career-highs in home runs (10) and doubles (14) in 2015 with Binghamton. During Spring Training that March, he had been invited to major league camp by the Mets, an experience he would encounter again in 2017.
Carrillo is the eighth Mets minor league free agent that has found a home for the 2018 season. You can read those names on our offseason transaction tracker.