Detroit Tigers Prepare For Spring Training: Invite 17 Players
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By Matthew LaFave (Tigers Correspondent): Follow @MatthewLaFave
The Detroit Tigers announced on Wednesday that they have invited 17 players to Major League camp in Lakeland, Florida.
Kelly, who will turn 33 at the start of spring training, reportedly turned down a National League team to remain with the Tigers. After struggling at the plate last season, his contract was out righted to Triple-A affiliate Toledo. He is the only active MLB player to play all 9 positions in his career.
Don Kelly – Post Game after Game #2 of the 2012 ALDS (Walk off Sac Fly)
Right Handed pitcher Shawn Hill is another veteran of the camp invitees. The 31-year-old was drafted back in 2000 by the Montreal Expos. Hill has battled injuries throughout his career, including Tommy John surgery in 2005 and again in 2009. He also spent time at the Major league level with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 and last season. He is a career 10-12 starter with a 4.69 ERA.
The infamous Nick Castellanos will get a great opportunity to display his talents in big league camp. He is coming off an impressive 2012 season which saw him hit .405 in 55 games with Class-A Lakeland Tigers. After finally being promoted to Double-A Erie, he hit a respectable .264 with 7 HRs and 25 RBI in 79 games.
The full list is as follows:
Worth noting: Daniel Fields was born and raised in Detroit, MI. A graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School, he was drafted in the 6th round of the 2009 draft. He is the son of former Detroit Tigers player and current Tigers Minor League hitting coordinator Bruce Fields.
Pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland on February 12th.
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Posted on January 17, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged detroit tigers, toronto blue jays, montreal expos, grapefruit league, Tommy John Surgery, Jim Leyland, 2012 ALDS, @matthewlafave on twitter, matthew lafave, lakeland florida, erie, daniel fields, don kelly, shawn hill, nick castellanos, jose alavarez, tyler collins, kevin russo, matt tuiasosopo, bruce fields, kenny faulk, ryan robowski, trevor bell, michael morrison, curt casali, brad davis, james mccann, argenis diaz, eugenio suarez, toledo, lakeland tigers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.