Baron, Beavan invited to Major League camp
Two young prospects, catcher Steven Baron and right-handed pitcher Blake Beavan, have been invited to the Mariners’ Major League Spring Training.
The two youngsters are not on the 40-man roster, but will join the 15 other non-roster invitees when camp opens next month in Peoria, Ariz.
Baron, 20, will be participating in his second Major League camp. A supplemental first-round Draft pick in ’09 (33rd overall), he split last season between Clinton and Everett, the Mariners’ Class-A and short-season A clubs.
He was named a Northwest League All-Star after hitting .253 with three home runs and 22 RBIs for the AquaSox and also hit .300 in five playoff games to help Everett to the NWL championship.
The Miami native threw out 63 of 138 attempted base stealers last year, a combined 45.6 percent with his two clubs to lead the Minors in caught-stealing percentage.
Beavan, 22, was acquired from Texas as part of the Cliff Lee trade on July 9. The 6-foot-7 Texas native combined to go 14-8 with a 3.90 ERA in 27 starts with Frisco (AA), West Tenn (AA) and Tacoma (AAA).
Beavan was a first-round Draft pick by the Rangers (17th overall) in ’07