Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 2/4/12
Injured reliever Peter Moylan and four of the Braves' top prospects are among the 21 non-roster players who have invited to spring training this month. Moylan, who had back and shoulder surgery in 2011, is expected to return to the team sometime this summer. Top catching prospect Christian Bethancourt and shortstop Andrelton Simmons are among the players not on the 40-man roster who will be with the team in Florida. Here is the full list: PITCHERS (7): LHP Yohan Flande, LHP Sean Gilmartin, LHP Dusty Hughes, RHP Peter Moylan, RHP Jason Rice, RHP Adam Russell and RHP Zeke Spruill. CATCHERS (5): Christian Bethancourt, J.C. Boscan, Evan Gattis, Matt Kennelly and Jose Yepez. INFIELDERS (5): Ernesto Mejia, Andrelton Simmons, Drew Sutton, Joe Terdoslavich, Josh Wilson. OUTFIELDERS (4): Todd Cunningham, Luis Durango, Stefan Gartrell, Jordan Parraz. Moylan was a free agent, but signed a 1 million minor-league deal in January after pitching in only 13 games last year. He was the workhorse of the bullpen in 2007 and 2009-10, pitching at least 80 innings in each of those seasons. With Spruill and Gilmartin also invited, it means that eight of the Braves' top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America, will be with the team this spring. Pitchers Arodys Vizcaino, Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado and shortstop Tyler Pastornicky are on the 40-man roster. Here are Baseball America's top Braves prospects for 2012: 1. Teheran, RHP 2. Vizcaino, RHP 3. Delgado, RHP 4. Simmons, SS 5. Gilmartin, LHP 6. Edward Salcedo, SS3B 7. Pastornicky, SS 8. Spruill, RHP 9. Bethancourt, C 10. Brandon Drury, 3B Teheran, Vizcaino, Delgado, Simmons and Bethancourt are included in MLB.com's Top 100 prospects. Pitchers and catchers will report to ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Feb. 19. The rest of the team is scheduled to arrive on Feb. 24, and the first full-squad workout will be on Feb. 25. Diaz on mission to improve Backup outfielder Matt Diaz is determined to boost his numbers from 2011, when he hit .263 with no home runs and 20 RBIs in 116 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Braves. It was his first season full MLB season without a home run in his career and his worst season since 2008, when he injured a ligament in his left knee and hit only .214 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in only 43 games. "I've never entered an offseason so desperate to get better, so I'm really excited about this year coming up," Diaz said. "I pretty much got after it right when I returned home. I wanted to be working for something rather than be thinking about (the Braves' September collapse) for a couple of weeks." Diaz was one of the Braves' top right-handed bats off the bench from 2006-10, but signed a two-year, 4.25 million deal with the Pirates before the 2011 season. Pittsburgh traded Diaz to the Braves on Aug. 31, and he hit .286 in 16 games with Atlanta. Braves to play prospects If you want to check out the Braves before the regular season starts without going to Florida, they're going to play their prospects in what is being called the Braves All-Stars vs. Future Stars game at Coolray Field at 7:05 p.m. April 3. Former Braves manager Bobby Cox will manage the Future Stars in the game at the Triple-A ballpark in Lawrenceville, Ga. This game is replacing the two games against American League opponents at Turner Field that used to mark the end of spring training. The Braves open the regular season at the New York Mets on April 5. Their home opener is against Milwaukee on April 13. Concession prices cut for some Anybody who buys a season-ticket plan of 20 games or more will receive a 33-percent discount on food and beverages -- excluding alcohol -- at Turner Field this season. The plan will be good at all fixed concession stands or through the in-seat service, but will not be valid at the 755 Club, Chop House, Georgia's Own Credit Union Club or vendors in the stands. The season tickets will be imprinted with a bar code that will need to be scanned for the ticket holder to receive the discount.
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