Eighteen players, including 10 pitchers, three catchers, three infielders and two outfielders, have been invited to spring training as non-roster players, Assistant General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced today.
Here are the faces that are new to the organization, as listed in the news release:
Joe Thurston, INF (pictured) - Thurston, 26, split last season between two triple-A teams, Las Vegas and Columbus. He hit a combined .272 with eight home runs and 42 RBI. At the major league level, Thurston has appeared in 37 games, all with the Dodgers. He is a career .275 hitter in the majors.
Peter Bergeron, OF - Former Expos outfielder Bergeron, 28, spent most of last year with double-A Bowie, where he hit .296 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 91 games, primarily playing center field.
Jeremy Cummings, RHP - Cummings, 29, split the 2005 season between double-A Springfield (5-3, 4.50 ERA) and triple-A Memphis (7-1, 2.77 ERA) in the Cardinals' organization.
Shawn Garrett, OF - As an outfielder/first baseman with triple-A Sacramento in 2005, Garrett hit .295 with 27 doubles, 17 home runs and 82 RBI in 131 games.
Aaron Myette, RHP - Myette pitched in three games for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League in Japan, where he went 0-0 with a 20.77 ERA.
Bobby Scales, INF - With triple-A Portland last year, Scales, a switch-hitter, hit .274 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI in 120 games, playing second base, third base and left field.
Dusty Wathan, C - A veteran of 12 professional seasons, Wathan has spent the last three seasons in the Cleveland organization, hitting .262 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI for triple-A Buffalo in 2005.
Matt White, LHP - White, 28, went 8-6 with a 3.72 ERA in 35 games (16 starts) for triple-A New Orleans of the Nationals' organization.
In addition, there are several players from last year's Scranton team getting a look, including Chris Coste, Brian Sanches, Travis Minix. Others from the organization include pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Cole Hamels, Ryan Cameron, and catchers Tim Gradoville and Jason Jaramillo.
Plain and simple, there are lots, and I mean LOTS, of players getting a look in Clearwater. It's not out of the question that someone from this group will break camp as a spare part off the bench or 12th reliever.
A word of advice for the Phillies as they head to Clearwater: Bring nametags.