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Spring Invitees

It was a rather unglamorous list of players the Braves invited to attend Major League Spring Training yesterday: RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHP Steve Colyer, OF Doug Clark, INF/OF Willie Harris, C Iker Franco and C Corky Miller. Good old Corky!

The two catchers are just targets for all the pitchers who will be in camp. Doug Clark is a four-A outfielder who would seem to be a Matt Diaz-lite type player. He has had cups of coffee each of the last two years with both Bay area teams and does have some decent speed which he has cultivated the last several years.

I talked about Colyer in a previous post, as well as Corky and Iker (that sounds like it should be some sort of bad sitcom on CBS; "tonight you won't believe what happens on Corky and Iker", okay maybe not).

Buddy Carlyle is a guy who was with Roger McDowell at triple-A Las Vegas in 2005. He is another Minor League four-A player with several cups of coffee in the Majors.

Willy Harris has had low to moderate success as a Major Leaguer, with his best year coming in 2004 when he posted a .343 on-base percentage playing second base for the White Sox. He will be given an outside chance to win the second base and leadoff job, and I just don't know what to think about that...

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