Bucs add more non-roster invitees

By Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Infielder Brian Friday, catcher Hector Gimenez and infielder Doug Bernier have been added to the list of now 25 non-roster players invited to Pirates Spring Training.

Friday, the team’s third-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, hit .265 with 32 extra-base hits and 46 RBIs in 110 games at Double-A Altoona last year. Friday is not in contention to earn a spot on the Pirates’ Opening Day roster, but participating in his first big-league camp will give him a taste of what that competition might be like as he gets closer to the Majors. 

Gimenez split the 2009 season between Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, where he combined to hit .276 with eight homers and 38 RBIs. Though Gimenez is primarily a catcher, he did play some third base, left field and first base last year. 

Bernier, who signed a Minor League contract with the club, spent last season with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in what was his third straight season at that Minor League level. Bernier was limited to 79 games and hit just .181. He made a brief two-game Major League appearance with the Rockies in 2008.

Just wrapped up the media luncheon at the Convention Center and will have much more popping up on the main site later tonight and this weekend from the event. Plans for Bill Mazeroski’s statue were formally announced this afternoon. Also, I conducted a number of player interviews over the past hour, so you’ll see all sorts of stories coming from those leading up to Spring Training.

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