Spring Training is right around the corner and pitchers and catchers report in less than three weeks. While the Braves have signed and invited a few guys from around the Minor Leagues to have a shot at earning a roster spot, the club announced which of their top prospects would be getting an invitation as well.
Sean Gilmartin, a left handed starting pitcher out of Florida St., who was also the first round pick for the Braves last June, will get to show his new teammates what he's made of as he was given an invitation. Zeke Spruill, who had a nice rebound season in 2011, will also get the nod.
Shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons, who was ranked No. 4 by SBN Atlanta in our 2012 prospect rankings, will be invited, as will top catching prospect Christian Bethancourt. All eyes will be on Joey Terdoslavich, especially with the former first baseman moving to the hot corner in 2012. If he isn't following Chipper Jones around like a puppy, there's something wrong with him.
Todd Cunningham, an outfield prospect that some believe could become a top-tier prospect should he start hitting for power, will get a shot in the outfield, although it's unlikely he hangs around in the Major League camp for very long. Stefan Gartrell earned an invitation, as did catchers Matt Kennelly and Evan Gattis.
And our old friend Peter Moylan will have every chance to pitch with Atlanta, assuming he's healthy enough to do so.