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Five more players invited to camp

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Feb 16, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hot off the presses, here’s the release from the Yankees:

The New York Yankees announced today that they have invited five additional players to Major League spring training. The club has now invited 25 non-roster players to 2010 Spring Training in Tampa, Fla., including 13 pitchers, five catchers, two infielders and five outfielders. The total number of players now scheduled to report is 65.

INF Brandon Laird, 22, hit .266 (120-for-451) with 20 doubles, 13 home runs and 75 RBI in a career-high 124 games with Single-A Tampa in 2009, tying for third among all Yankees minor leaguers and leading the Florida State League in RBI. Following the season, played with the Surprise Rafters and was named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team. Laird was originally selected by the Yankees in the 27th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He is the brother of Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird.

RHP D.J. Mitchell, 22, made his professional debut in 2009, combining to go 12-7 with a 2.63 ERA in 25 appearances (24 starts) with Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa. Among all Yankees minor leaguers, ranked second in strikeouts (125), tied for second in wins and ranked fourth in ERA. Mitchell was selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and is attending his first spring camp.

RHP Dustin Moseley, 28, made three starts with Los Angeles-AL in 2009, going 1-0 with a 4.30 ERA, before being placed on the disabled list in April with right forearm tightness. He also underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in August. In 64 career appearances (23 starts)—all with the Angels—has gone 8-7 with a 5.41 ERA. Moseley was originally selected by Cincinnati in Compensation Round A (34th overall) of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Ryan Pope, 23, spent the 2009 season with Double-A Trenton, going 5-12 with a 4.78 ERA in 26 appearances (25 starts) and striking out 106 batters with only 34 walks. Pope was selected by the Yankees in the third round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, becoming the first player ever drafted out of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

INF Jorge Vazquez, 27, was a 10-year veteran of the Mexican League prior to signing with the Yankees in December 2008. He made his Double-A debut in 2009, batting .329 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 57 games for Trenton before missing the final two months of the season on the disabled list with a left wrist sprain. He played for Team Mexico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic prior to the season, batting .294 (5-for-17) with one home run and five RBI in five games.

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67 Responses to “Five more players invited to camp”

  1. vb03 February 16th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Moseley seems to be a good insurance policy for a starter spot if he can recover from injury.

  2. UKYankee February 16th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    “Jorge Vazquez, 27, was a 10-year veteran of the Mexican League prior to signing with the Yankees in December 2008″
    Doesnt that make him 15 when he started playing?
    I’d check his birth certificate :)

  3. pat February 16th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    ST Pictures

    http://www.daylife.com/search/.....?q=yankees

  4. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day February 16th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Murphydog, if any players/agents get upset at Cash, that’s their problem. As you said, Cash has a very good reputation around the game and he does not make a habit out of revealing details of private negotiations. In this case, Boras is out and out lying and Cash has every right to come out swinging. As it is, Cash has been restrained in his comments; I’d be out and out furious with Boras if I were him.

  5. Erin February 16th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    pat
    February 16th, 2010 at 3:48 pm
    ST Pictures

    http://www.daylife.com/search/…..?q=yankees

    *********************
    pat, it’s a good thing I checked-I was just going to post the same link!! lol

  6. Phil the Thrill February 16th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Laird and Vazquez are members of the little patience club.

  7. Erica - always OPPC February 16th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    No Johnny Damon invite!!! :evil:

  8. GreenBeret7 February 16th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    They also happen to be members of the “Big-time Right Handed Power Club”. Laird also doesn’t strike out much. As long as he hits at each level, I’m not concerned about whether they walk around the world.

  9. Bob in NH February 16th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    No Kevin Thompson invite?

  10. champ809 February 16th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Vazquez is a monster bat! Monster! Good for Laird and DJ Mitchell they deserve it.

  11. Bronx Jeers February 16th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks Pat,

    2 things about this photo;

    1. AJ looks like he’s about to rotate his torso 180 degrees

    2. Joba’s belly!

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....?q=yankees

  12. GreenBeret7 February 16th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I’m somewhat surprised that Pope got an invite. He is one of the first of the young players to come out of SCAD. It took Luis Tiant about 2 years to put together a great program from scratch. They play some great games against Tech and Georgia Southern. Whatever happened last year, I can’t say. I didn’t get a chance to see him, but, he has a fair amount of talent.

  13. YanksFan17 February 16th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Joba looks bigger than last year in those pictures. Hopefully it was just an unflattering picture.

  14. S.o.S. February 16th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Mitchell was selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and is attending his first spring camp.

    ========

    Maybe we should pick our first rounders 10th and our 10th rounders first?

    I wonder if Vasquez can be the next Aceves from the Mexican league for the Yanks.

  15. S.o.S. February 16th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Joba looks bigger than last year in those pictures. Hopefully it was just an unflattering picture.

    =======

    Never forget that pictures pack on an extra 10 pounds. At least thats what i keep telling the wife.

  16. GreenBeret7 February 16th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    This isn’t the best news to hear for the Braves about Jair Jurrjens. Hopefully, it’s just a minor disruption, especially since their best pitcher ended up in NY.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4917877

  17. Erin February 16th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 16th, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    Joba looks bigger than last year in those pictures. Hopefully it was just an unflattering picture.

    =======

    Never forget that pictures pack on an extra 10 pounds. At least thats what i keep telling the wife.

    ************************
    She has you trained well. ;)

  18. GreenBeret7 February 16th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 16th, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    Joba looks bigger than last year in those pictures. Hopefully it was just an unflattering picture.

    =======

    Never forget that pictures pack on an extra 10 pounds. At least thats what i keep telling the wife.

    ————————————————————

    Are you trying to make her feel better, or, is that just self-preservation?

  19. S.o.S. February 16th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Its pictures of myself fellas. We know as far as her adding a few L B’s its all about the washer shrinking the clothes.

  20. S.o.S. February 16th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Anyone know when the trade deadline is for the NBA?

  21. m1kew February 16th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    from MLB Trades:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    Nationals To Sign Chien-Ming Wang
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [February 16 at 3:10pm CST]
    The Nationals have agreed to sign Chien-Ming Wang to a one-year $2MM deal that includes up to $3MM in performance bonuses. The team hasn’t confirmed the agreement, but they have a press conference scheduled for Friday. We heard last week that the Nationals were the favorites to sign the righty.

  22. GreenBeret7 February 16th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 16th, 2010 at 4:15 pm
    Its pictures of myself fellas. We know as far as her adding a few L B’s its all about the washer shrinking the clothes.

    ————————————————————

    You’re a regular Fred Astaire, S.o.S. I assume that wifey either doesn’t read this blog or doesn’t know your SN. The only other solution would be that you have a lot of guts.

  23. William Buckner February 16th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    “Anyone know when the trade deadline is for the NBA?”

    Thursday

  24. champ809 February 16th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Granderson looks like he was made to wear the uniform. He looks like a real Yank already in the gear.

  25. Peter R February 16th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Those pictures made my month. Sooooo happy baseball is happening…even if it is 1000 miles away down in FL.

  26. Pat M. February 16th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Bronx, I see that Joba was diligent about his off-season conditioning program…….I can see 5 inning starts

  27. Erin February 16th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    champ809
    February 16th, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    Granderson looks like he was made to wear the uniform. He looks like a real Yank already in the gear.

    *********************
    Doesn’t he? I was thinking the same thing :)

  28. S.o.S. February 16th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    GB7,
    I always have the insanity card in my back pocket. Seriously though, i believe in being honest. If a dress is screaming when she puts it on. Then its better i tell her than someone esle talk about it in public. Vice Versa. Isnt it better to have the honesty than to say you look good honey and the next second you are scamming some hot chick passing by? Thats how we both stay in shape, not like our wedding day, but close enough.

    be back in an hour.

  29. Peter R February 16th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Damn. I wish the Yankees coulda matched that $2-5 mil for Wanger. I do like the fella. But I guess it could have been the guaranteed rotation spot that counted more to him. Hope he has a stellar year when he gets back and makes some bigger money like he deserves next off-season.

    Well at least I will maybe get to see him sometime this summer since I live near DC.

  30. MTU February 16th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Pat M -

    I was very hopeful that Joba would be motivated since I was thinking that his back is against the wall this year.

    IMO, it was a kind of put up or shut up kind of year for him as a starter going forward.

    Looking at the pictures of him I am not as optimistic.

    He really, really should have gone to a place like API this off-season.

    I was hoping to see him respond to his predicament by getting
    “ripped” ala Cano from last year.

    Hope he works very, very hard in ST. He needs to lose weight and work hard on his Cardio and endurance training.

  31. Doreen - Ain't it Just "Grand"? February 16th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Granderson looks like a baseball player. Glad he’s a Yankee.

    Jeter looks great, as always. He doesn’t look like a kid anymore, does he? Sigh.

    Not a good picture of Joba at all.

    However -

    My husband is in great shape, but no matter what he does (and he works out religiously – every day!) he can’t lose the love handles. Joba may have the same type of problem. Just the way he’s made.

    Of course, I like trying to give the benefit of the doubt in February, but we’ll know soon enough if, as Pat M says, there are a lot of laboring 5-inning starts.

  32. GreenBeret7 February 16th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 16th, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    GB7,
    I always have the insanity card in my back pocket. Seriously though, i believe in being honest. If a dress is screaming when she puts it on. Then its better i tell her than someone esle talk about it in public. Vice Versa. Isnt it better to have the honesty than to say you look good honey and the next second you are scamming some hot chick passing by? Thats how we both stay in shape, not like our wedding day, but close enough.

    be back in an hour.

    ————————————————————

    I’m of the belief that you live longer by lying to the wife. As far as looking at another woman in her presence, “Jesus, Honey. Please ever let you get in that condition. You’re perfect.” It may not be honest, but, it sure makes it easier to sleep at night, not worrying about her turning Lorena Bobbit on you.

  33. Bronx Jeers February 16th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Pat M.

    Maybe it’s just an unflattering photo but it does look like the same chubby kid.

    I’m not one to judge a book by it’s cover….and based the first page as here we are only in mid February… but wasn’t his conditioning an issue last season? Could he be unaware of this?

    Anyway, it would have been nice to see a perceptible change in his physique. I don’t see one.

  34. antisocial scrooge February 16th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    joba needs to hit the bruney diet.

  35. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day February 16th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    What’s up with AJ’s socks? He looks like Nick Johnson, lol

  36. pat February 16th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Female knuckleball pitcher in the Arizona winter league.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......n.html.php

  37. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day February 16th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Joba does look like he has a tummy, but it could just be the way the picture looks. If he’s not in shape, that would be a big disappointment. I agree that he should have gone to that same place that Phil went to last year.

  38. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day February 16th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Boy, it’s sure nice to see those pics, though……It’s so nice to have Nick the Stick and Javy back and I’m just thrilled to pieces that CG is here. I’m sure he’s going to be just as loved in our clubhouse as he was in Detroit’s.

  39. Thomo February 16th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    good for CMW – good for the Nats. it is a win/win (iff he is healthy).

  40. Bronx Jeers February 16th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Me and John Bobbit have one thing in common.

    We both married Ecuadorian women.

    Luckily that’s the only thing we have in common….so far.

  41. pat February 16th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    If CC’s belly is as big as Joba’s should we worry about him too?

    Maybe, just maybe, the belly isn’t the issue.

  42. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 16th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Pat,

    Just catching up from today. Thanks for posting the pictures. Great to see especially on a snowy day.

  43. MTU February 16th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Pat-

    CC has shown he has ultra endurance. Belly or no belly.

    So I don’t think it’s a fair comparison.

  44. pat February 16th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I just saw Tyler Kepner no longer NYT Yankees Beat Writer. He took over the National Beat in place of Jack Curry.

  45. S.o.S. February 16th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Just got back. So how many of you ladies did i get a tongue lashing from?

    Where are these pictures everyones talking about?

  46. MTU February 16th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    s.o.s-

    Pat has a link to them further back in the thread.

  47. pat February 16th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    MTU

    My point was no pitcher is one size fits all and lots of body types can get it done. Joba was never a skinny guy. I didn’t notice if he had a belly in 2007. All I saw was an arm, a grimace and a fist pump.

    If Cashman was comfortable addressing defensive deficiencies with Jeter, I trust he wouldn’t hesitate to confront Joba if he thought his belly was/is an issue.

  48. S.o.S. February 16th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    MTU,
    Got it!!

    Folks, that isnt Joba in the picture. If you just point your mouse to each picture it will show you who the player is. That hefty guy is Billy Connors not Joba. Honest mistake. Now back to your regularly scheduled program.
    Thanks for the pictures pat.

  49. MTU February 16th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Pat-

    I understand your point but I still think needs to loose some weight. I think there is a stronger comparison between him and Bruney. Bruney was a big guy but he lost quite a bit of weight.

    It will help with his endurance and shouldn’t subtract from his power.

    Could it be that Joba still doesn’t get it ?????

    I hope not.

  50. S.o.S. February 16th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I think the gesture picture of Granderson is towards Gardner and Winn saying “I got this.” Which if you look it up in your National Treasurer decoder manuel it means. I aint going no where. Im fine where im at(in centerfield).

  51. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! February 16th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Likely out of context at this point but -

    THANK YOU JEFF MARX!!!!

    Sam, Chad, Josh, and Jeff. We died and went to heaven.

    *****************

    As it seems like a done deal. Good luck CM!!! Don’t estimate the Nats rotation or offense, kids. They aren’t the Yankees, but they had some sweet starting pitching and hitting there. If they can put it all together, they might have a team to watch!

    GOOD LUCK NATS!!! You remain my adopted team now that the Rays have made it to the bigtime.

  52. Bronx Jeers February 16th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    “I just saw Tyler Kepner no longer NYT Yankees Beat Writer. He took over the National Beat in place of Jack Curry.”

    Really?

    He was great.

  53. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! February 16th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    That should have read – don’t UNDERestimate

  54. S.o.S. February 16th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I think Joba needs to gain more weight and bring back that blazing fastball he lost.

    More junk in the trunk = BIGGER fastball

  55. Rich in NJ February 16th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Why did the NYT get rid of Jack Curry?

  56. MTU February 16th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    S.o.S-

    LOL.

    Maybe they should enroll him in a Sumo wrestling school then.

    That should help. :)

  57. pat February 16th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I read awhile ago he took a buy out from the Times but didn’t realize the change would involve Tyler. Just thought they were eliminating the National Baseball Beat Writer position but Tyler tweeted today;

    “Yankee fans, hop on the @benshpigel bandwagon. He’s our new NYY beat writer. My new role is national baseball writer (still some Yanks too).”

  58. Doreen - Ain't it Just "Grand"? February 16th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Okay.

    Twice now my posts have gotten caught in THE FILTER. It’s getting very tiresome, since I have no idea what I could have written that would offend THE FILTER.

    So, I’ll leave it at this. I wish Tyler Kepner the best of everything. He’ll be missed as the Yankees beat writer – at least I’ll miss his work in that capacity.

  59. Doreen - Ain't it Just "Grand"? February 16th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Trisha -

    I agree that the Nats look like they could have an interesting team.

  60. muffinstump February 16th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    don’t know whether anyone’s noticed, but SABR is giving away their emerald guild to baseball 2010 today. it’s free in ebook format. they have pdf format, which can work on computer or kindle. hopefully the link below will work!

    http://www.sabr.org/sabrwide.c.....6,0,36,239

  61. DaSaint007 February 16th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Is there one list of all the players invited to ST?

  62. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 16th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Wow, that’s too bad – I liked Kepner a lot

  63. m February 16th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    2. Joba’s belly!
    ========================

    Erm. That picture was of Kevin Long. ;)

  64. Erin February 16th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    New Post- State of the Yankees: Bullpen

  65. pat February 16th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Article about Damon but also about the homer hype of Stadium.

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/0.....rom-damon/

  66. Yankz1 February 17th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I cant wait to see ‘El Destructor’ Jorge Vazquez in camp!!! He is a hitting machine with insane power to all fields. I saw him hit one out of the stadium in Trenton on to 29 (thats the highway)!! He signed with the Tigres in the Mex AAA Lg at 16yrs old. He is ready. If he trimmed down, he should be in left. He played corner OF before.

  67. YANKEES February 18th, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Man I can not wait for the season to start. So many good players on this team.

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