Angels welcoming 25 players to Tempe
Former top pick Conger leads non-roster invitees into Spring Training
Five catchers and 12 pitchers are among the 25 non-roster players who have been extended invitations to attend Spring Training with the Angels, general manager Tony Reagins disclosed on Wednesday.
Promising Hank Conger, the club's No. 1 pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, will be joined by fellow receivers Anel de los Santos, Ben Johnson, Alberto Rosario and Flint Wipke.
The quintet will study in what has come to be known as Camp Scioscia, for manager Mike Scioscia's daily tutorial sessions with his catching contingent. Mike Napoli, Jeff Mathis, Bobby Wilson and Ryan Budde are the veteran receivers on the 40-man roster.
The 12 pitchers getting the opportunity to rub elbows with John Lackey, Ervin Santana and Co. include right-handers David Austen, Ryan Brasier, David Herndon, Sean O'Sullivan, Matt Palmer, Fernando Rodriguez, Jordan Walden, Matt Wilhite and Francisco Rodriguez (a 25-year-old from Mexico), along with southpaws Barret Browning, Daniel Davidson and Alex Torres.
Well-traveled veteran infielder Luis Figueroa, who was named to Puerto Rico's 45-man provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic, will make his first appearance with the Angels after signing as a Minor League free agent assigned to the Triple-A Salt Lake roster.
Figueroa, a switch-hitter, has played 18 Major League games combined with Pittsburgh (2001), Toronto (2006) and San Francisco (2007), hitting .125 in 16 at-bats.
Shortstop Hainley Statia, who will play for the Netherlands in the Classic, will be joined by fellow infielders Ryan Mount, Adam Pavkovich and Andrew Romine.
Outfielders Peter Bourjos, Brad Coon and Chris Pettit round out the 25-man non-roster cast. Bourjos excelled last spring in Cactus League play.
Spring Training opens for the Angels on Feb. 13 in Tempe, Ariz.
Reporting dates are as follows:
Feb. 13: World Baseball Classic pitchers and catchers; Feb. 16: Classic position players; Feb. 19: all pitchers and catchers; Feb. 22: all position players.
The first full-squad workout is set for Feb. 24, with the first game of the spring arriving on Feb. 25 against White Sox at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.