Congrats to Tagg Bozied, who was among 12 players invited to Spring Training by the Phillies earlier today, as announced by Phillies Assistant GM Scott Proefrock.
I am going to work on a piece about Bozied, who was very impressive in his first campaign in Baseballtown. He led the Eastern League with a .315 batting average, and was named as Double-A Hitter of the Year by MiLB. More to come on Tagg a bit later.
For now, below is the press release straight from Philadelphia.
The Phillies have invited 12 players to Spring Training as
Here are their names and bios from the Phillies
- Josh Barfield, INF … Barfield, 27, spent last
season with triple-A Portland in the San Diego Padres organization
where he batted .294 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 78 games. For
his major league career, he has hit .264 with 16 home runs and 112 RBI
in 309 games between the Padres (2006) and Cleveland Indians (2007-09).
Barfield’s father, Jesse, spent 12 seasons in the majors between the
Blue Jays and Yankees from 1981-92.
- Eddie Bonine, RHP … The 29-year-old Bonine spent
his first full season in the major leagues with Detroit where he went
4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 appearances (one start). A Rule 5 draft
selection of the Tigers in 2005, Bonine set career highs in wins,
appearances and innings (68.0) in 2010. In 62 career appearances in the
majors, he has posted a 7-3 record with a 4.74 ERA.
- Tagg Bozied, INF/OF … In 104 games for double-A
Reading last season, Bozied, 31, batted .315 and led all Phillies minor
leaguers with 27 home runs and 92 RBI. The Eastern League All-Star also
led the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.402) and
slugging percentage (.631). Bozied appeared at both first and third
base as well as left and right field for Reading.
- Ryan Feierabend, LHP … Feierabend, 25, spent
last season between three levels of the Seattle Mariners organization
after missing the entire 2009 season due to “Tommy John” surgery. In
2010, he appeared in 25 games (24 starts) and went 5-8 with a 5.14 ERA
between triple-A Tacoma, double-A West Tennessee and single-A High
Desert. Feierabend has appeared in 25 major league games (19 starts),
all for Seattle (2006-08).
- Erik Kratz, C … In 70 games last season for
triple-A Indianapolis in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Kratz,
30, hit .274 with nine home runs and 41 RBI. The native of Telford, PA,
batted .336 over a 36-game span in May and June to earn a promotion to
Pittsburgh in July. Kratz collected two hits in his big league debut,
July 17 against Houston.
- Jeff Larish, INF … Larish, 28, split last season
between four teams in the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics
organizations. He began the year with triple-A Toledo and appeared in
three games with the Tigers in late July before being claimed off
waivers by the A’s on August 3. After playing in eight games with
triple-A Sacramento, he finished the season with the A’s where he
appeared in 24 contests. Following the season, Larish, a .224 hitter
with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 101 major league games, played for
Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.
- Dan Meyer, LHP … A native of Woodbury, N.J.,
Meyer, 29, spent last year in the Florida Marlins organization. He
spent the majority of the season with triple-A New Orleans where he
went 1-2 with two saves and a 3.38 ERA in 32 games. In 2009, Meyer
appeared in a career-best 71 games for the Marlins, posting a 3.09 ERA
and holding opponents to a .219 batting average. For his major league
career, he has gone 3-9 with two saves and a 5.46 ERA in 103 games
(seven starts) for Atlanta (2004), Oakland (2007-08) and Florida
- Matt Miller, OF … A Pacific Coast League
All-Star in 2010, Miller, 27, hit .325 with 10 home runs and 81 RBI in
136 games for triple-A Colorado Springs. He led the team in hits (165)
and runs scored (90) and finished second in RBI. Miller finished the
season with a .345 batting average with runners in scoring position.
- Brandon Moss, OF … Moss, 27, spent the majority
of the 2010 season with triple-A Indianapolis where he batted .266 with
22 home runs and 96 RBI in 136 games. He led the team in several
offensive categories including hits (133), home runs, RBI and runs
scored (73). In 2008, Moss was a part of the three-team trade between
the Red Sox, Dodgers and Pirates that included Manny Ramirez and Jason
Bay. For his major league career, Moss has hit .238 with 15 home runs
and 78 RBI in 244 games between the Red Sox (2007-08) and Pirates
- Pete Orr, INF … Orr, 31, hit .264 with 12 home
runs and 45 RBI in 137 games for triple-A Syracuse in the Washington
Nationals organization. He led the team in hits (129), doubles (32) and
runs scored (63). For his major league career, Orr has hit .260 with
three home runs and 35 RBI in 347 games for the Braves (2005-07) and
- Juan Perez, LHP … The 32-year-old Perez spent
last season with triple-A Albuquerque in the Los Angeles Dodgers
organization where he was 4-3 with one save and a 2.96 ERA in 45
appearances. For his major league career, he is 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in
24 games for Pittsburgh (2006-07). Perez is currently pitching for
Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League.
- Dane Sardinha, C … Sardinha, 31, was also a
non-roster invitee to Phillies spring training in 2010. He spent the
majority of his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley where he hit .207
with five home runs and 24 RBI in 67 games. Sardinha also appeared in
13 games for the Phillies and belted his first major league home run in
his debut with the team on June 24 against Cleveland.