Friday, February 1, 2013
Baez among 22 non-roster invitees to camp
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs invited 22 non-roster players to major league spring training, including top prospect Javier Baez, the team announced on Friday.
Eleven pitchers have been invited to camp: right-handers Drew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Casey Coleman, Dayan Diaz, Jensen Lewis, Barret Loux, Blake Parker, Zach Putnam, Nick Struck and Cory Wade, as well as left-handed pitcher Hisanori Takahashi.
Catchers J.C. Boscan, Michael Brenly and Rafael Lopez were invited along with infielders Baez, Alberto Gonzalez, former White Sox utilityman Brent Lillibridge, Edwin Maysonet and Brad Nelson and outfielders Brian Bogusevic, Johermyn Chavez and Darnell McDonald.
Baez, who was the Cubs' top draft pick in 2011, is the organization's top prospect, according to Baseball America.
Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Ariz., next weekend and full squad participation begins on Feb. 17.