Tigers announce 17 non-roster invites to Spring Training

Most of the Tigers non-roster invitations to Spring Training had come out already. Others, like lefty relief prospect Joe Mantiply, had been expected. Here’s the official list:

Right-handed pitchers: Alberto Cabrera (minor-league signing), Rafael Dolis (minor-league signing), Joel Hanrahan (minor-league signing with incentives), Tim Melville (minor-league signing), Luke Putkonen (outrighted)

Left-handed pitchers: Omar Duran (minor-league signing), Joe Mantiply

Catchers: Miguel Gonzalez (minor-league signing), Austin Green, Grayson Greiner, Manny Pina (minor-league signing)

Infielders: Jordan Lennerton (minor-league signing), Jefry Marte (minor-league signing), Aaron Westlake, Josh Wilson (minor-league signing)

Outfielders: Xavier Avery (minor-league signing), Jason Krizan

One surprise of sorts on the list is Krizan, a 25-year-old rewarded for a good season at Double-A Erie. He batted .293 (136-for-464) with a .364 on-base percentage for the SeaWolves, 31 doubles, seven home runs and 56 RBIs. He’ll be one of a few left-handed hitting outfielders in camp, Tyler Collins and Daniel Fields among them, and he might have benefited from Andy Dirks and Don Kelly signing elsewhere. Still, he’ll get a look.


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Krizan really isn’t a surprise for an invite to camp. He’ll start 2015 at Triple-AAA and he has had back-to-back high octane OBP seasons in the minors (.386 in 2013 at Lakeland and then .364 last year at Erie). He also had 31 doubles in Erie and is, reportedly, an excellent defensive outfielder. Why shouldn’t he, at least, get an invitation for a look?

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