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Tigers invite nineteen players to Major League camp01/19/2005 12:16 PM ET
Detroit Tigers Media Relations
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has invited the following 19 players to Spring Training: righthanded pitchers Nelson Cruz, Craig Dingman, Sean Douglass, John Ennis, Andrew Good and Matt Roney, lefthanded pitchers Mike Bynum and Doug Creek, catchers Brandon Harper, Sandy Martinez, Mike Rabelo, Michael Rivera and Maxim St. Pierre and infielders Tony Giarratano, Jack Hannahan, Mike Hessman, Kevin Hooper and Dean Palmer and outfielder Alexis Gomez.
Cruz makes his return to the Tigers organization after seeing action with the Houston Astros (2001-02) and Colorado Rockies (2003). In 2000 with Detroit, he posted a 5-2 record and 3.07 ERA (41.0IP/14ER) in 27 outings. Cruz pitched this winter with Aguilas in the Dominican Republic, posting a 4-3 record and 3.56 ERA (43.0IP/17ER) in 11 appearances. He finished 10th in the league in ERA.
Dingman split last season between Detroit and Triple A Toledo. In 24 games with Detroit, he posted a 2-2 record and 6.75 ERA (29.1IP/22ER). Dingman posted a 2.45 ERA (7.1IP/2ER) in eight games for Culiacan in Mexico this winter.
Douglass spent the 2004 season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, splitting his time between Toronto and Triple A Syracuse. He appeared in 14 games with the Blue Jays last season, and previously appeared in 22 games at the major league level with the Baltimore Orioles over three seasons (2001-03).
Ennis pitched the majority of the 2004 season at Triple A Toledo and finished 9-5 with a 3.59 ERA (102.2IP/41ER) and 10 saves in 38 games (13 starts). He joined the Tigers late in the season and made 12 relief appearances.
Good, a product of Rochester High School, joins the Tigers after spending his first seven professional seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. In 33 career outings at the major league level, he has posted a 5-4 record.
Roney combined for an 11-10 record and 4.73 ERA (163.2IP/86ER) in 27 starts between Triple A Toledo and Double A Erie in 2004.
Bynum, a former first-round selection of the San Diego Padres in 1999, posted a 6-6 record and 3.19 ERA (79.0IP/28ER) in 62 outings last season at Triple A Portland. He held lefthanded opponents in the Pacific Coast League to a .144 batting average (13x90).
Creek is a veteran of eight seasons in the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals (1995), San Francisco Giants (1996-97), Chicago Cubs (1999), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000-02), Seattle Mariners (2002) and Toronto Blue Jays (2003). During his major league career he has limited lefthanded opposition to a .214 batting average (84x392).
Harper saw action with both Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo last season in the Tigers organization. He combined to hit 12 home runs and drive in 36 runs during his 69 games between the two levels.
Martinez belted 17 home runs in 67 games for Triple A Buffalo in the Indians organization last season, while also seeing action in one game with the Indians and three with the Boston Red Sox. His previous major league experience consists of action with the Toronto Blue Jays (1995-97), Chicago Cubs (1998-99), Florida Marlins (2000) and Montreal Expos (2001).
Rabelo earned Florida State League all-star honors in 2004 with Single A Lakeland, batting .287 (94x327) with 20 doubles and 38 RBI in 92 games. He also saw action in five games at Double A Erie last season.
Rivera returns to the Tigers organization after spending the last two seasons with the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and Oakland A's organizations. In 2004, he split the season between Triple A Charlotte and Triple A Sacramento.
St. Pierre spent the 2004 season at Double A Erie and batted .248 (72x290) with eight home runs and 33 RBI. He topped all Eastern League catchers with a .996 fielding percentage last season.
Giarratano split the 2004 season between Single A West Michigan and Single A Lakeland before being sidelined for the remainder of the season on August 4 with a shoulder injury. He hit .285 (47x165) in 43 games with the Whitecaps and .376 (76x202) with five home runs in 53 games at Lakeland.
Hannahan saw action in 108 games at Double A Erie last season, hitting .273 (102x374) with eight home runs and 39 RBI.
Hessman batted .287 (76x265) with 19 home runs and 54 RBI in 78 games for Triple A Richmond in the Atlanta Braves organization in 2004. He has played in 48 games with Atlanta over the last two seasons.
Hooper saw action at the Triple A level with three different organizations last season: Albuquerque in the Florida Marlins organization, Columbus in the New York Yankees organization and Omaha in the Kansas City Royals organization. Hooper is a career .271 hitter in six seasons at the minor league level.
Palmer returns to the Tigers organization after sitting out last season following the announcement of his retirement on January 28, 2004. He is a veteran of 14 seasons in the majors with the Texas Rangers (1989, 1991-97), Kansas City Royals (1997-98) and Tigers (1999-2003). In 1,357 career games at the major league level, Palmer has a .251 batting average, 275 home runs and 849 RBI.
Gomez, originally claimed off waivers by the Tigers from the Kansas City Royals on October 1, 2004, batted .251 (96x383) with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 109 games at Triple A Omaha in 2004. In 13 games with the Royals last season, he hit .276 (8x29) with four RBI.
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