The Indians added the veteran catcher needed to help all the team's prospective backstops of the…
Seven Added To 'Goodyear Invitational'
20 Mike Gosling, LHP
35 Jason Grilli, RHP
73 Frank Herrmann, RHP
64 Yohan Pino, RHP
27 Anthony Reyes, RHP
52 Saul Rivera, RHP
79 Alex White, RHP
65 Damaso Espino
9 Brian Buscher, 3B-1B
76 Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
12 Mark Grudzielanek, 2B-SS
78 Beau Mills, 1B
6 Luis Rodriguez, SS-2B
74 Niuman Romero, 1B-2B-3B-SS
47 Shelley Duncan
26 Austin Kearns
A brief look at the seven most recently extended invitations:
Lonnie Chisenhall made great strides in his second pro season. The Indians' first-round draft choice (No. 29 overall) in 2008 split the season between Class A Kinston and Double-A Akron, hitting .258 (124-for-481) with 31 doubles, 22 homers and 92 RBI in 123 games. After a slow start when promoted to Akron, he hit .467 (14-for-30) in the Eastern League playoffs to help the Aeros win the championship. He was a mid-season and post-season all-star selection in the Carolina League, where he hit .276 (107-for-388) with 26 doubles, 18 homers and 79 RBI in 99 games.
Damaso Espino pent the first two months of the season at Akron and was promoted to Triple-A Columbus on May 31. He homered in consecutive games for the Clippers in early struck out just 15 times in 192 plate appearances after being promoted. Last March, he played for Panama in the World Baseball Classic. At Akron in 2008, he hit .275 in 31 games. In 49 games at Columbus in 2009, he batted .261 (46-for-176) with 10 doubles, two homers and 14 RBI.
Frank Herrmann finished the 2009 season at Columbus and pitched in relief for the first time in his career, compiling a 2.53 ERA over his last 35 appearances (57 innings, 62 hits, 11 walks, 41 strikeouts) after June 1. Began the year at Double-A Akron, where he was 2-1 with 2.93 ERA in five starts, working at least six innings in four of them. Overall, he was 4-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 49 games (106.2 innings, 110 hits, 18 walks, 62 strikeouts and only seven homers allowed).
Beau Mills, the Indians' first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in 2007, spent the entire 2009 season at Akron. He hit .284 (50-for-176) in the second half with 12 doubles, seven homers and 36 RBI, finishing the regular season with a 10-game hitting streak (15-for-41, .366, 10RBI). Overall, he batted .267 with 33 doubles, 14 homers and 83 RBI. He was a mid-season Eastern League all-star selection and finished seventh in the league in RBI (fourth most in the Tribe system). He tied for fourth in the EL in doubles.
Yohan Pino was acquired in August from the Twins to complete the Carl Pavano trade. Overall for the season, he was a combined 9-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 42 games including 14 starts (127 innings, 110 hits, 29 walks, 122 strikeouts) for three teams in the two organizations. He went 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 14 games including 12 starts for Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Niuman Romero made his major-league debut with the Indians in September after playing for both Columbus and Akron. He hit .240 (88-for-367) with 14 doubles, one homer and 35 RBI in 115 combined games between the two levels. With the Clippers, he hit .252 (64-for-252) in 81 games with 27 RBI and 34 runs, going 9-for-26 (.346) and scoring nine times in his last eight games. He played all four infield positions.
Alex White was the 15th overall pick a year ago, out of North Carolina. He was named the No. 5 prospect from the lower tiers of baseball or entry level by the editors of Minor League News. Went 8-4 with a 3.87 ERA in 16 starts as a junior last spring and was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference first team for the second consecutive season.
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