Catcher J.C. Boscan and seven others signed to minor-league free agent contracts were invited to major league spring training, including a speedy former Indians prospect and a former Royals farmhand who can play a handful of positions.
Boscan was a feel-good story in 2010, when he made his big-league debut at 30 after 14 seasons in the minor leagues.
Others on the list were infielders Shawn Bowman and ex-Royals prospect Ed Lucas, outfielders Brent Clevlen, ex-Indians prospect Jose Constanza, and Wilkin Ramirez, catcher Wilkin Castillo, and right-handed pitcher Jay Sborz.
Boscan, Clevlen and Ramirez re-signed with the Braves after becoming six-year free agents. Ramirez, who turned 25 three weeks ago, came from Detroit in a July 31 trade and hit .234 with 23 homers and 70 RBIs in 121 minor league games, including .253 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 24 games for Triple-A Gwinnett.
Constanza, 27, hit .319 with eight triples, a .373 on-base percentage and 34 stolen bases in 2010 for the Indians’ Triple-A Columbus affiliate. He has a .365 OBP and 210 stolen bases in 657 minor league games over six seasons.
Lucas, 28, has a .286 average and .362 OBP over seven seasons in the Royals organization, and last season hit a career-high 13 homers with 50 RBIs in 99 games at Triple-A Omaha while spending time at second base, third base, shortstop and left field.
Bowman, 25, is a former Mets prospect who spent last season in the Blue Jays organization and hit .269 with 22 homers and 70 RBIs between Class-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire
The Braves are expected to invite other minor leaguers to major league spring training, including top pitching prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado.