Phillies Hand Out Spring Training Invites

While they're not likely to have much of an impact on the 2012 Phillies, there are some interesting names on the guest list for Phillies spring training. Eight players received initial invitations to show what they can do up close and personal.

The list starts with some familiar names; Pete Orr, Kevin Frandsen, Scott Podsednik and Tuffy Gosewisch were all in the Phillies organization last season. Orr spent some time in the majors, hitting .219 in 46 games with the Phillies.

Frandsen spent the season with the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs, but lost a chunk of the season when he was suspended for 50 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Frandsen hit .303 in 77 games with the 'Pigs. In his career, he's played in the majors with the Giants and Angels, last playing 54 games with Anaheim in 2010.

Gosewisch is somewhat of a favorite among fans of the Phillies organization. He projects only as a potential backup at the major league level, but the Phillies have been impressed with his defense and work ethic as he has moved through the organization.

Podsednik spent most of his time rehabbing an ankle injury, but played in 34 minor league games in the Toronto and Philadelphia organizations, hitting .254 overall and .245 at Lehigh Valley.

Another familiar name is Brian Sanches, who made his major league debut with the Phillies in 2006. Sanches pitched in 30 games (1-1, 5.75) over two seasons with the Phillies before being signed by Washington as a free agent. He has pitched for the Florida Marlins over the past three seasons, going 3-1, 3.94 in 39 games with Florida last season.

As for newcomers, there are three pitchers who received invitations.

Scott Elarton. The tall right-hander has been out of professional baseball since 2010 when he pitched for AAA Charlotte in the White Sox organization. Over parts of ten major league seasons, Elarton is 56-61, 5.29 in 232 games with four different major league clubs.

Lefty Pat Misch pitched part of last season with the Mets, but spent the bulk of the season with AAA Buffalo where he went 8-9, 4.00 in 22 starts.

Another left-hander, Raul Valdes, pitched for both St. Louis and the New York Yankees last season, going a combined 0-1, 3.00 in 13 relief appearances. Valdes could battle for a spot in the Phillies bullpen as a left-handed specialist.

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