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Phillies invite 19 non-roster players

Phils invite 19 non-roster players to camp

PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Bisenius, J.A. Happ and Randall Simon were among the 19 non-roster players invited to Spring Training, director of Minor Leagues Steve Noworyta announced on Monday.

The list consists of nine pitchers, five catchers, three infielders and two outfielders; seven of the 19 players have played in the Major Leagues.

Happ and Bisenius were selected in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, in the third and 12th round, respectively. Both have risen rapidly through Philadelphia's farm system and have a shot to make the Phillies' bullpen out of Spring Training. Bisenius is projected as a short reliever, possibly as a closer down the road.

"He's throws hard, touching 97 [mph]," Noworyta said. "Any time you have a guy throwing that kind of number, you have to give him a look."

Happ projects as a starter and will likely begin the season at Triple-A Ottawa. He could be called on to start if a pitcher is injured.

Simon returned to the Major Leagues this past season after being acquired from Texas in a late-season trade. He appeared in 23 September games, exclusively as a pinch-hitter (.238, 5-for-21). In his career, the 31-year-old has batted .283 hitter with 49 homers and 237 RBIs in 537 games for the Braves, Tigers, Pirates, Cubs, Devil Rays and Phillies. Philadelphia is in need of a left-handed pinch-hitter, and Simon will receive heavy consideration.

Here are the other invitees in alphabetical order:

INF Andrew Beattie -- Beattie, 29, spent 2006 with Triple-A Sacramento and hit .269 with six homers and 30 RBIs. He was limited to 44 games with an injury to his left thumb. Born in Philadelphia, Beattie had his best season in 2002, when he swatted a combined 21 home runs and had 81 RBIs in 135 games for Stockton and Chattanooga.

OF Ron Calloway -- A veteran of 10 professional seasons, Calloway hit .288 with four homers and 49 RBIs in 114 games for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2006. The 30-year-old spent 2003 and part of 2004 with the Expos, batting .224 average with 10 homers and 62 RBIs in 172 Major League games.

RHP Ryan Cameron -- Cameron, 29, went to camp with Philadelphia last spring and spent the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 6-2 with seven saves and a 3.19 ERA in 45 games -- one start. He also pitched three scoreless innings in the International League playoffs.

LHP Jim Crowell -- Crowell has spent four of the past five seasons in the Phillies organization, including 2006, going 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA in 40 appearances -- seven starts -- for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 32-year-old appeared in four games for the Phillies in 2004 and two games for the Reds in 1997.

RHP Kane Davis -- The 31-year-old pitched in 13 games for Somerset of the independent Atlantic League in 2006, going 0-0 with a 4.20 ERA. He has appeared in 96 Major League games for the Indians, Brewers, Rockies and Mets. In 2000, Davis pitched in five games for Cleveland under then-Indians manager Charlie Manuel.

RHP Kyle Drabek -- As the Phillies' first-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Drabek made his professional debut with the rookie-level Gulf Coast Phillies last summer and went 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA in six starts. The 19-year-old is the son of former Major League pitcher Doug Drabek.

RHP John Ennis -- Ennis has spent the past three seasons in Detroit's Minor League system, splitting 2006 between Triple-A Toledo and Double-A Erie. He went 2-4 with 13 saves and a 2.71 ERA in 46 games. Ennis, 27, also spent part of the 2002 season with the Braves (0-0, 4.50 ERA) and part of 2004 with the Tigers (0-0, 8.44 ERA).

RHP Jeff Farnsworth -- Farnsworth, 31, went 7-3 with a 4.71 ERA in 48 games for Triple-A Charlotte this past season. He spent the 2002 season in the Majors with Detroit, going 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA in 44 games for the Tigers.

OF Greg Golson -- Golson was the Phillies' first-round selection in the 2004 draft, 21st overall. He batted a combined .233 with 13 homers, 48 RBIs and 30 stolen bases for Class A Lakewood and Class A Clearwater in 2006. Golson, 21 , also hit for the cycle on Aug. 28 at Bright House Networks Field.

C Tim Gradoville -- Gradoville has spent five seasons in the Phillies' Minor League system after being selected in the 37th round of the 2002 draft. He was limited to 36 games in 2006 between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Reading after breaking his jaw on a pitched ball. The 26-year-old hit a combined .252 with one homer and 12 RBIs and led all Eastern League catchers in caught-stealing percentage (52.9 percent, 18-for-34). Gradoville had his contract purchased by the Phillies in September, but he didn't appear in a game.

C Jason Hill -- Hill split last season between Triple-A Portland (Padres) and Double-A Carolina (Marlins), hitting a combined .232 with three homers and 33 RBIs in 69 games. In addition to catching, the 29-year-old played 15 games at first base and three games in the outfield. In 2005, he batted .296 with 18 home runs and 75 RBIs in 118 Minor League games.

C Jason Jaramillo -- Jaramillo will be in big-league camp for the second straight year. He spent the 2006 season with Double-A Reading, where he hit .248 with six homers and 39 RBIs. The 24-year-old also played for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League and was named to the AFL's All-Prospect Team after hitting .379 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 17 games.

3B Brennan King -- Originally selected by the Dodgers in the second round of the 1999 draft, King, 25, played for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2006. He hit .261 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs in 97 games for the Red Barons. He hit for the cycle on July 14, capping it off with a grand slam.

C Lou Marson -- The fourth-round selection by the Phillies in the 2004 draft, Marson is headed to his first big-league camp. For Class A Lakewood this past season, the 20-year-old hit .243 with 16 doubles, five triples, four home runs and 39 RBIs in 104 games, helping the club win the South Atlantic League championship.

LHP Brian Mazone -- Mazone spent the 2006 season in the Phillies organization, going a combined 14-6 with a 2.11 ERA in 26 starts with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Mazone, 30, led the International League in ERA (2.03) and tied for second in wins (13). He would have made his Major League debut last season, but a rainout allowed the Phillies to shuffle their rotation.

C Dusty Wathan: Wathan returns for his second Spring Training camp with the Phillies. The 33-year-old hit .239 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 80 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two extra-inning walk-off homers. Wathan has appeared in three Major League games in his career, all with Kansas City in 2002.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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