The Seattle Mariners will invite 17 non-roster players to spring training next month, and there are a few familiar names among them – from catcher Jamie Burke to infielder Oswaldo Navarro and former Mariners pitching product Denny Stark.
Here's the complete list:
Pitchers Eric Hull, Chris Jakauauskas, Shawn Kelly, Luis Munoz, Chris Seddon, Stark, Tracy Thorpe and Sean White
Catchers Burke, Adam Moore, Luis Oliveros.
Infielders Calix Crabbe, Navarro, Chris Shelton and Chris Woodward.
Outfielders Freddy Guzman and Prentice Redmon.
A few highlights from among those invited?
OK – outfielder Guzman, a switch-hitter, averaged 50 steals a season for eight minor league seasons, with a high of 90 steals.
Right-hander Jakbauskas ripped through Class AA last year and jumped to Class AAA Tacoma and went 8-1 with a 1.94 earned run average in relief.
Right-hander Kelly led the Mariners minor league system with 15 saves pitching at three levels, and has a 1.98 ERA in 61 professional games.
Catcher Moore batted .319 in Class AA with 14 home runs and 71 RBI. In his 107 starts, he hit .339.
Outfielder Redmond split time beween Class AA and Class AAA and combined to hit 25 home runs
Right-hander Stark, a fourth round Seattle draft pick in 1996, has a 15-13 big-league record in 64 appearances after going 11-4 with a 4.00 ERA for Colorado in 2000. Last season in the minors he went 6-3 with a 3.86 ERA – this two years after undergoing 'Tommy John' surgery.