Twins invite 15 non-roster players to camp

Posted on January 14th, 2009 – 2:07 PM
By La Velle

Just got a break from training and checked e-mail. Found out the Twins announced their non-roster invites.

Here’s the list. I don’t have time to break this down, although I’m glad they are bringing Delaney into camp.

 The spring training invite list includes seven pitchers: lefthanders Mike Gosling, who has spent part of two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Sean Henn, who has made 36 appearances for the New York Yankees (2005-07), and Ben Julianel, who had 26 saves for Double-A New Britain last season.  Righthanders Rob Delaney, who was signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent out of St. Johns (NY) University in 2006, R.A. Dickey, who has over three years of Major League service (Texas and Seattle), Bobby Keppel, who has Major League experience with Kansas City (2006) and Colorado (2007), and Kevin Mulvey, who was acquired by the Twins from the New York Mets in exchange for Johan Santana, February 2, 2008. 

Two catchers have been invited to camp: Jeff Christy, the Twins’ sixth round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, and Danny Lehmann, the Twins’ eighth round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Three infielders have been invited to camp: Alejandro Machado, who was selected by the Twins in the 2006 Rule 5 Draft, then signed to a minor league contract, October 20, 2007, Brock Peterson, the Twins’ 49th round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, and Danny Valencia, the Twins’ 19th round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.  

Three outfielders have been invited to camp: Dustin Martin, who was acquired by the Twins from the New York Mets in exchange for Luis Castillo, July 30, 2007, Luis Matos, who has over five years of Major League experience with the Baltimore Orioles, and David Winfree, the Twins’ 13th round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

Discuss….

Update: Tom Kelly, Tony Oliva, Terry Steinbach, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew and Paul Molitor will be down at various times during camp as special instructors.

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