SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has invited 15 players to Major League Spring Training.
Three players had previously been invited to spring training after signing minor league contracts (RHP Mark Lowe, INF Carlos Rivero, RHP Justin Germano).
Utility man Shawn O'Malley, a native of Richland, signed a minor league contract today with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. O'Malley, 27, appeared in 11 games with the Angels last season. He was a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star and hit .330 (105x318) with 19 doubles, 9 triples, 3 home runs and 38 RBI in 89 games with Triple-A Salt Lake. He was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 5th round of the 2006 June Draft out of Southridge (WA) High School. The multi-sport athlete was named to the Seattle Times 4A All-State football team as a wide receiver in 2005 and was a member of the 2006 USA Today High School All-America team.
The list of invitees feature several notable players, including 2014 Mariners Minor League Players of the Year D.J. Peterson and Jordy Lara, 2014 Unsung Hero Patrick Kivlehan and 2014 Mariners Minor League co-Pitcher of the Year Jordan Pries.
Of the 15 players that have been added to the Spring Training roster (in addition to the 40-man roster), 10 were members of the Mariners organization last season and 11 are homegrown products having been originally drafted or signed by Seattle (includes Lowe).
Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Peoria, AZ on Feb. 20 (physicals) and hold the first workout Feb. 21. Position players are scheduled to report for physicals Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 25.
The Mariners Spring Training roster is currently at 55 players (40 roster, 15 non-roster), including 27 pitchers (7 non-roster), 6 catchers (3 non-roster), 12 infielders (3 non-roster) and 10 outfielders (2 non-roster). Jersey numbers for all non-roster players will be assigned prior to the start of spring training.