Jan. 16, 2014
Three former Wildcats will participate in Major League Spring Training this season. Nate Tenbrink and Jared Goedert earned non-roster invitations with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, respectively, while Carlos Torres will attend the New York Mets' camp as a member of the team's 40-man roster.
A native of Olathe, Kan., Tenbrink has earned his first big league Spring Training invite from the Seattle Mariners. The third baseman will enter his seventh professional season, all with the Seattle organization after being drafted by the Mariners in the seventh round of the 2008 Draft. The 27-year-old played all of the 2013 season with Triple-A Tacoma, batting .267 (115-for-430) with 24 doubles, four triples, a career-high 15 home runs, 60 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 124 games. He also established new career-highs in runs (77) and walks (62).
Tenbrink played in the Dominican and Venezuelan Winter Leagues this offseason, batting a combined .215 (14-for-65) with five extra-base hits and six RBI in 20 games with the Estrellas de Oriente (DWL) and Bravos de Margarita (VWL).
Torres, already on the Mets' Major League roster after spending the last half of the 2013 season in the Majors, will look to compete for a spot on New York's pitching staff after posting a 3.44 ERA in 33 appearances (nine starts) with the Mets last season. The 31-year-old started the 2013 season with Triple-A Las Vegas, but after earning a promotion to the big leagues in mid-June, Torres finished the season with the Mets and struck out 75 and walked 17 in 86.1 innings - the most innings he has thrown in the Majors in a single season.
Torres has also appeared in the Majors with the Chicago White Sox (2009-10) and Colorado Rockies (2012).
A native of Concordia, Kan., Goedert will attend the Blue Jays' big league Spring Training after signing as a minor league free agent this offseason. The third baseman played in 130 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates' Triple-A team in Indianapolis in 2013, collecting 32 doubles and 11 home runs among his 112 hits.
The 28-year-old enters his ninth professional season after the Cleveland Indians drafted him in the ninth round of the 2006 Draft. Goedert spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Indians organization, reaching as high as the Triple-A level. He has spent parts of the last four seasons in Triple-A.
The Mariners start their full squad Spring Training workouts on Feb. 18 while the Blue Jays kick off full squad workouts on Feb. 21. The Mets' pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 17. Spring Training games start in late February.