#Pirates invite 6 nonrosters to ST camp: P Gerrit Cole, P Mike Crotta, C Tony Sanchez, C Eric Fryer, C Ramon Cabrera, OF Robbie Grossman— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) January 17, 2012
The Pirates have invited Gerrit Cole, Robbie Grossman, Tony Sanchez, Ramon Cabrera, Eric Fryer and Mike Crotta to big-league Spring Training as non-roster invites. None of these are hugely surprising -- it's not uncommon for a team to invite the previous year's first-round pick if he's a college player. Crotta is there because he has a bit of big-league experience. And teams always need plenty of catchers in Spring Training. None of these six players are likely to make the team. It's cool that Grossman will get a taste of big-league Spring Training for a couple weeks, though.