The breakdown of the Arizona Diamondbacks' spring training invitees includes eight pitchers, two catchers, three infielders, and four outfielders.
Ambriz, Brown, Green, Rosen, and Robertson each played at Double-A or higher in
2007 and could factor in the makeup of the 2008 Diamondbacks. Parker,
Roemer, and Enright were the club's top three pitcher selections in last year's
draft and will benefit from big league instruction.
Catchers (2): Frank Curreri and Ed Easley
These are interesting choices, as neither catcher has played above Single-A
ball. Still, strong spring showings could affect these backstop's minor
league placement in April.
Infielders (3): Jamie D'Antona, Donnie Kelly and Jesus Merchan
Kelly and Merchan are utility-type players that would only ascend to the major
league roster in an emergency. The Diamondbacks might add D'Antona to the
25-man roster with a strong spring showing if Chad Tracy is not healthy by
Outfielders (4): Trent Oeltjen, Gerardo Parra, Chris Rahl and Tim Raines
Oeltjen and Raines were both signed as minor league free agents this winter. They are table-setter types who will need strong showings to become the club's fifth outfielder at some point this year. Parra has a higher ceiling than Rahl does, but Rahl has a more realistic chance of joining the big league club in 2008.
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