Kensing added to growing list of non-roster invitees

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates have officially announced the signing of lefty Jo-Jo Reyes (which was reported here yesterday), as well as the signing of righty Logan Kensing. Both players will participate in Spring Training under non-roster invitations.

Some information on Kensing:

He hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2009, when he was with Washington. The 29-year-old made 26 appearances out of the Nationals’ bullpen that year. He posted an 8.68 ERA, walked 12 and struck out 12 in 28 innings.

He missed the entire ’10 season recovering from elbow surgery and began the 2011 season pitching in independent ball. The Yankees then signed him to a Minor League deal in late June, and Kensing spent the rest of the year playing on New York’s Triple-A club in Scranton Wilkes-Barre. In 21 appearances there, Kensing had a 4.28 ERA.

This brings the total of non-roster invitations handed out by the Pirates to 11. Here is a look at the people on that list:

PITCHERS:

  • Ryota Igarashi
  • Logan Kensing
  • Shairon Martis
  • Jo-Jo Reyes
  • Tim Wood

CATCHERS:

  • Jake Fox
  • Jose Morales

INFIELDERS:

  • Jeff Clement
  • Nick Evans
  • Anderson Hernandez

OUTFIELDERS:

  • Brandon Boggs

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1 Comment

Kensing has about as much chance of making the Pirates as I do. I see Jojo Reyes (easily), Nick Evans (very likely) & Jake Fox (possibly) as the most likely guys to make the team. Fox will be last guy on the bubble, and if a catcher is DL (hurt) he might make it. I think Yamaico Navarro will play decently for the team before the season is through, regardless whether he makes it out of spring training.

They will keep the lousy rule 5 guy Nunez around for about 3 weeks and when their record is 3-14 finally realize he can’t hit major league pitching and that the team needs more hitting, and probably call up Navarro then.
Navarro will go on to hit pretty well as a super-sub.

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