01 February 2010
The East Valley Tribune reports that the Diamondbacks have invited 17 non-roster players
to Spring Training. Here is a look at the list and each player's chance of making the roster.
Carlos Corporan (26)
- Corporan is tied for the highest career batting average in Major League history (1-1, 1.000), but is not much of an offensive prospect. His career stats in AAA are .211/.248/.327, with 67Ks and only 10 BBs. He was signed as a minor league free agent from the Brewers organization.
Sean Coughlin (24)
- Coughlin had a fine season between High A and AA last year, batting .287/.396/.468, with 11 HR, 47 BBs, and only 39Ks. The former University of Kentucky All-American's season ended early when he broke his hand in the Southern League All-Star game. Coughlin will likely be the starter in AAA this year.
Konrad Schmidt (25)
- Schmidt hit well in the California League, going .304/.359/.443 in 106 games. Schmidt will likely be the starter in AA Mobile in 2010.
Jeff Bailey (31)
Bailey was the AAA International League MVP in 2008 after hitting .301/.405/.562 with 25 HR and 75 RBI. The former catcher now plays 1B and OF, and has had brief stints with the Red Sox in 2008 and 2009, with a career line of .228/.340/.434. At age 31, Bailey's best hope for a major league career may be a lefty-basher - he has a lifetime .316/.391/.649 line against LHP in 57 AB.
Mark Hallberg (24)
- Once a considered a top middle infield prospect, Hallberg has seen his OPS fall for three consecutive years as he has moved through the system (LowA - .848, HighA - .725, AA - .648).
Drew Macias (26)
Signed from the Padres system, Macias has struggled to break the Mendoza line as a major leaguer, batting exactly .200 in 2008 (20 ABs) and .197 in 2009 (76 ABs). Although he had an OBP of .393 with 83 BBs to 81Ks in 2008, he slipped to a .232/.329/.343 line in 2009. Macias' first major league hit was a HR off Matt Cain in 2008.
Collin Cowgill (23)
- Cowgill had a solid season in High A Visalia (.277/..373/.445) before missing the second half with a hamstring injury. Cowgill should start 2010 in AA, and needs to show he can play an injury-free season.
Evan Frey (23)
- Frey can run and play CF, but his OPS dropped from .800 to .686 with the move from Visalia to Mobile.
T.J. Beam (29)
- Beam has pitched as both a reliever and a starter in the Yankees, Pirates, and Blue Jays organizations. He has a career 3.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and averages 9.0 K/9 with only 2.6 BB/9. He struggled in AAA Las Vegas in 2009, but should be battling for one of the last spots on the major league roster.
Josh Ellis (25)
- Ellis had nice stats in AA (4-2, 1.94 ERA) but struggled in AAA (3-1, 7.91 ERA). However, his peripherals and Fielding Independent stats were good at both levels. In his minor league career, Ellis has only allowed 6 HR in 163.2 IP, while striking out 177 and only walking 68.
Barry Enright (23)
- Enright pitched in AA Mobile in 2009, going 10-9 with a 3.98 ERA. The strikeout rate of 5.9K/9 is a little low, but Enright should advance to AAA in 2010.
Tommy Layne (25)
- Layne, a left-handed reliever, had a 4-2 record for Visalia with a 2.86 ERA in 2009. But the 25 BBs in 66 IP, along with only 43 strikeouts, led to a 3.78 FIP ERA
Rodrigo Lopez (34)
- Lopez has won at least 14 games three times in the Majors, but the last time was in 2005. Even in his successful years, he gave up a lot of HRs and BBs, and is unlikely to be very useful now.
Kyler Newby (24)
- Newby had pitched well in Visalia in 2007 and 2008, but struggled in Mobile in 2009, giving up 1.4HR/9 and 3.3BB/9.
Wes Roemer (23)
- Roemer pitched between Visalia and Mobile last year, but also struggled with the walks, 3.0BB/9.
Bryan Shaw (22)
- Shaw had a 4.70 ERA for Visalia last year, but did strike out 8.0 per 9 innings. He should pitch for AA Mobile in 2010.
Matt Torra (25)
- The 2005 1st Round pick went 10-13 with a 3.85 ERA for AA Mobile, but only struck out 5.8 per 9 innings. Torra did show good control with only 28 BB in 180 IP, but also gave up 24 HR.