Detroit Tigers Prepare For Spring Training: Invite 17 Players

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Thursday, January.17/2013

Pitchers and Catcher have less than 4 weeks to report in FLA

Pitchers and Catcher have less than 4 weeks to report in FLA.

By Matthew LaFave (Tigers Correspondent):  

The Detroit Tigers announced on Wednesday that they have invited 17 players to Major League camp in Lakeland, Florida.

The names include some familiar faces like Don Kelly, Shawn Hill, and Nick Castellanos.

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)

Shawn Hill's best year as a starter was in 2007, where he went 4-5, with a 3.42 ERA and WHIP of 1.146 in 16 GS and 97.1 IP.

Shawn Hill’s best year as a starter was in 2007, where he went 4-5, with a 3.42 ERA and WHIP of 1.146 in 16 GS and 97.1 IP.

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:

Left-Handed Pitchers: Jose Alvarez, Kenny Faulk, Ryan Robowski

Right-Handed Pitchers: Trevor Bell, Shawn Hill, Michael Morrison

Catchers: Curt Casali, Brad Davis, James McCann

Infielders: Argenis Diaz, Eugenio Suarez

Outfielders: Tyler Collins, Daniel Fields

IF/OF: Nick Castellanos, Don Kelly, Kevin Russo, Matt Tuiasosopo

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.

Daniel Fields was drafted in the 6th Round of the 2009 Amateur Draft.  The OF/DH is not likely to make the club

Daniel Fields -The OF/DH is not likely to make the Major League club and will probably start the year in Erie.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at

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