The Braves announced the signing of 14 minor league free agents on Tuesday, including 11 who have been invited to spring training. Among the non-roster invitees are six players who saw time in the major leagues last season, including catcher J.C. Boscan, who returns for a 13th season in the Braves organization and his 15th in the minors overall.
Other familiar faces in camp will be left-hander Yohan Flande, who was a non-roster invitee last season before spending the year on the Gwinnett Braves’ staff, and first baseman Ernesto Mejia. Mejia is back for his eighth minor league season in the Braves’ system after leading Double-A Mississippi in home runs (26), RBIs (99) and doubles (37) last year, while hitting .297.
The Braves signed five newcomers who played in the major leagues last season: infielder Josh Wilson, who hit .224 with two home runs in 60 games with the Diamondbacks and Brewers; infielder Drew Sutton, who split time between Triple-A Pawtucket and the Red Sox, for whom he hit .315 in 31 games while playing all four infield positions; reliever Adam Russell, a right-hander who went 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 36 games in relief for Tampa Bay; left-hander Dusty Hughes, who pitched in 15 games in relief for Minnesota (1-0, 9.95 ERA); and outfielder Luis Durango, who appeared in two games last season for the Astros and has hit .292 in 65 major league games total.
Outfielder Jordan Parraz hit .289 in 126 games for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate Scranton Wilkes-Barre last season. Right-hander Jason Rice spent most of last season in Triple-A Pawtucket, going 4-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 44 games (one start). And catcher Jose Yepez comes from the Mariners’ organization where he hit .307 with 26 RBIs in 48 games last season for Triple-A Tacoma.
The remaining three players who were signed to minor league contracts were left-hander Jose Lugo, who returns for his second year in the Braves’ system, first baseman Ian Gac and outfielder Brahiam Maldonado.