The Phillies extended spring training invites to 12 non-roster players yesterday. Here they are, starting with the players you haven't already heard about here:
Brandon Moss, OF: You might remember the name as being part of the three-team Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay trade. After failing to distinguish himself as Pittsburgh’s starting right fielder two seasons ago, Moss, a 27-year-old lefty hitter, spent almost the entire season in Triple-A Indianapolis, where he hit .266/.330/.470 with 22 home runs, 96 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 556 plate appearances, once again demonstrating that minor league pitching isn’t a problem. The Major League totals tell a different story. In four seasons with Boston and Pittsburgh, he’s a .238/.303/.385 hitter (81 OPS) in 743 plate apperances, including just 27 September chances (4-for-26) with the Buccos a season ago.
Outlook: On the current right field depth chart it goes something like Francisco, Brown, Gload, Mayberry then this guy. Ryne Sandberg will like him Lehigh Valley.
Josh Barfield, 2B: Barfield, the 27-year-old son of former Blue Jay and Yankee Jesse Barfield, spent last season with Triple-A Portland (Padres) where he hit .294/.325/.400 with five home runs and four stolen bases in 284 plate appearances. Originally taken by the Padres in the 4th round of the 2001 draft, Barfield, who bats from the right side, experienced a breakout rookie season with San Diego in ‘06, hitting .280/.318/.423 (96 OPS+) with 13 homers. Directly after the season, he was traded to Cleveland in the Kevin Kouzmanoff deal and it’s been all downhill from there. Over the next three seasons, he managed only a .591 OPS, watched his playing time reduced to just 53 plate appearances between 2008-09, partially due to a torn ligament in his left middle finger, and soon found himself back in the Padres farm system after the Tribe cut him loose.
Outllook: At this stage, he’s trying to remake himself as a utility type who can also play the outfield. His versatility will come in handy in Allentown, where they always need fresh bodies.
Ryan Feierabend, LHP: Feierabend, a 25-year-old 6-3 lefty, will try to keep his career on track following Tommy John Surgery. After missing all of 2009 recovering from the procedure, he floated between three levels of the Mariners organization, contributing a 5.14 ERA and 68/30 K/BB ratio in 25 games (24 starts) between Triple-A Tacoma, Double-A West Tennessee and Single-A High Desert. He appeared in 25 unsuccessful major league games (19 starts) between 2006-08 with Seattle, pitching to a 2-11 record and 7.11 ERA. Before the surgery, his command was seen as the best in the Seattle chain by scouts, with his best pitch identified as a circle-change to go a meat-and-potatoes low-90s sinking fastball.
Outlook: Honestly, the bar has been set so low by previous Seattle acquisitions that I’m not expecting much here.
Matt Miller, OF: Like Moss, Miller is another terrific minor league hitter who always finishes atop the league leaderboards in most offensive categories. A Pacific Coast League All-Star in 2010, Miller, a 27-year-old righty bat, hit .325/.404/.436 with 10 home runs and 81 RBI in 136 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs. Over a seven-year minor league career, he’s a .313/.379/.466 hitter without much speed, no arm and is only suited to play the corners. Colorado, which has been experimenting with their outfield forever, has never reached for him.
Outlook: Intriguing player who could benefit from a change in organizations, although he can kiss his PCL-inflated totals goodbye. At the very least, Lehigh Valley is looking better than it did a year ago (we say that every year, and then they finish with 58 wins.)
Juan Perez, LHP: Perez, a 32-year-old reliever, spent last season with Triple-A Albuquerque (Dodgers) where he went 4-3 with one save and a 2.96 ERA in 45 appearances. He pitched only briefly with Pittsburgh in 2006-07, resulting in a 5.14 ERA in 24 changes. Aside from that, he is a Triple-A loogy lifer, having spent six seasons there. You can track his progress in the Dominican Winter League through the links on the left sidebar. I know you're anxious.
Outlook: When Ryne Sandberg touches his left arm, he will be making the call for Mike Zagurski or this guy.
*** You’ve read about the rest of the invites in previous installations, but here they are anyway, as copied verbatim from a Phillies news release! ***
Eddie Bonine, RHP: The 29-year-old Bonine spent his first full season in the major leagues with Detroit where he went 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 appearances (one start). A Rule 5 draft selection of the Tigers in 2005, Bonine set career highs in wins, appearances and innings (68.0) in 2010. In 62 career appearances in the majors, he has posted a 7-3 record with a 4.74 ERA.
Tagg Bozied, INF/OF: In 104 games for double-A Reading last season, Bozied, 31, batted .315 and led all Phillies minor leaguers with 27 home runs and 92 RBI. The Eastern League All-Star also led the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.402) and slugging percentage (.631). Bozied appeared at both first and third base as well as left and right field for Reading.
Erik Kratz, C: In 70 games last season for triple-A Indianapolis in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Kratz, 30, hit .274 with nine home runs and 41 RBI. The native of Telford, PA, batted .336 over a 36-game span in May and June to earn a promotion to Pittsburgh in July. Kratz collected two hits in his big league debut, July 17 against Houston.
Jeff Larish, INF: Larish, 28, split last season between four teams in the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics organizations. He began the year with triple-A Toledo and appeared in three games with the Tigers in late July before being claimed off waivers by the A's on August 3. After playing in eight games with triple-A Sacramento, he finished the season with the A's where he appeared in 24 contests. Following the season, Larish, a .224 hitter with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 101 major league games, played for Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Dan Meyer, LHP: A native of Woodbury, N.J., Meyer, 29, spent last year in the Florida Marlins organization. He spent the majority of the season with triple-A New Orleans where he went 1-2 with two saves and a 3.38 ERA in 32 games. In 2009, Meyer appeared in a career-best 71 games for the Marlins, posting a 3.09 ERA and holding opponents to a .219 batting average. For his major league career, he has gone 3-9 with two saves and a 5.46 ERA in 103 games (seven starts) for Atlanta (2004), Oakland (2007-08) and Florida (2009-10).
Pete Orr, INF: Orr, 31, hit .264 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 137 games for triple-A Syracuse in the Washington Nationals organization. He led the team in hits (129), doubles (32) and runs scored (63). For his major league career, Orr has hit .260 with three home runs and 35 RBI in 347 games for the Braves (2005-07) and Nationals (2008-09).
Dane Sardinha, C: Sardinha, 31, was also a non-roster invitee to Phillies spring training in 2010. He spent the majority of his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley where he hit .207 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 67 games. Sardinha also appeared in 13 games for the Phillies and belted his first major league home run in his debut with the team on June 24 against Cleveland.