Non-roster invitees include Mike Olt

January, 10, 2012
The Rangers released the list of non-roster invitees to spring training on Tuesday. That list includes:

Fabio Castillo
Greg Reynolds
Robbie Ross
Tanner Scheppers
Ben Snyder

Tommy Mendonca

Greg Miclat
Mike Olt

Some quick information on each of those players from the club's release:
With today’s non-roster invitations, the Rangers now have 51 players on the club’s spring training roster: 38 players on the 40-man roster and 13 non-roster invites. Of the 8 non-roster additions announced today, first-time participants in Rangers camp include Mendonca, Reynolds, Ross, Miclat, and Olt. Mendonca, who has played third base throughout his professional career, will participate in camp as a catcher. Information on Ross can be found in the preceding text in this release.

Castillo, 22, was also in big league camp last spring and went 3-6 with 9 saves and a 6.36 ERA (37 ER/52.1 IP) in 42 relief appearances for Frisco (AA) in 2011. He was not tendered a contract at the December 12 deadline, but was re-signed by Texas.

Reynolds, 26, was acquired in a trade with Colorado on Thursday for outfielder Chad Tracy. He was the second overall selection by Colorado in the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft and had 5 separate stints in the majors last season. He has gone 5-8 with a 7.47 ERA (78 ER/94.0 IP) in 27 games/16 starts in the major leagues.

Scheppers, 24, combined to go 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA (18 ER/43.2 IP) in 28 games/one start with Frisco (AA) and Round Rock (AAA) in 2011. He will be in big league camp for a third consecutive spring.

Snyder, 26, spent last season with Frisco (AA), going 11-5 with a 3.87 ERA (51 ER/118.2 IP) in 40 games/14 starts. He was also in big league camp in 2010.

Mendonca, 23, spent last season with Frisco (AA), earning spots on both the midseason and postseason Texas League All-Star teams with a .278 average, 25 home runs, and 87 RBI. Following the season, Mendonca won a silver medal as part of Team USA in the Pan American Games hosted by Guadalajara, Mexico in October. He has played almost exclusively at third base in his pro career, but moves behind the plate for this season.

Miclat, 24, was acquired from Baltimore as the player in a December 1 trade involving Taylor Teagarden and Randy Henry. He batted .280 with 2 home runs and 24 RBI in 120 games with Double-A Bowie last season.

Olt, 23, spent his first full professional season with Myrtle Beach (High-A) in 2011, batting .267 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI. He led the Pelicans in both home runs (14) and walks (48) despite missing nearly two months due to a broken collarbone suffered in a home plate collision on June 6. Olt was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect team, leading the circuit in home runs (13), RBI (43), total bases (81), and SLG (.764), while also ranking among the leaders in batting (8th, .349) and walks (T8th, 15).
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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