Blanco among nine invited to Spring Training
By Todd Zolecki / 12/13/12 8:00 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA -- Veteran infielder Andres Blanco was among nine players to receive a non-roster invitation to Phillies Spring Training, the club announced on Thursday.
Here is a look at that group:
The 29-year-old hit .235 with 14 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 40 RBIs with Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2012. Blanco has spent parts of six seasons with the Royals (2004-06), Cubs (2009) and Rangers (2010-11).
Infielder Josh Fields
Fields hit .322 with 32 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 133 games with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Dodgers organization last season. The 30-year-old spent time at third base, first base, second base, right field and left field. He has spent parts of five seasons with the White Sox (2006-09) and Royals (2010).
Left-hander Cesar Jimenez
Jimenez went 2-2 with a 5.75 ERA in 23 appearances for Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners). He has spent parts of three seasons with the Mariners (2006, '08 and '11).
Catcher Steven Lerud
Lerud hit .235 with seven doubles and seven RBIs in 35 games with Double-A Reading. The Phillies purchased his contract in August, and he started three games.
Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell
Mitchell hit .252 with 15 doubles, 11 triples and 38 RBIs in 108 games for Triple-A Sacramento (A's).
Infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez
Martinez, 30, split time last season with the Phillies and Lehigh Valley. He hit .174 with two home runs and seven RBIs with the Phillies. Defensively, he appeared at five positions, starting 34 games (14 at second base, eight at third base, six at shortstop, four in right field and two in center field.)
Right-hander Zach Miner
Miner spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Toledo (Tigers), where he went 2-0 with two saves and a 2.50 ERA in 23 relief appearances. Miner spent four seasons in the big leagues with Detroit from 2006-09.
Infielder Pete Orr
Orr spent the majority of the 2012 season with Lehigh Valley. In 81 games for the IronPigs, he hit .258 with 13 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 33 RBIs. He hit .315 with five doubles, a triple and seven RBIs with the Phillies.
Catcher Humberto Quintero
Quintero, 33, spent parts of last season in the Royals, Marlins and Brewers organizations, but could be on the Opening Day roster with Carlos Ruiz serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned stimulant. Quintero has spent parts 10 seasons with the Padres (2003-04), Astros (2005-11) and Royals (2012).