The Phillies have announced a second wave of non-roster spring invitees, a list that includes veteran outfielder Delwyn Young and corner infielder Robb Quinlan. Here's a brief look at Young and Quinlan (from the Phillies press office, via Matt Gelb of the Inquirer.)
Delwyn Young, INF/OF: Young, 28, spent last season with the Pirates where he hit .236/.286/.414 with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 110 games. A switch-hitting native of Los Angeles, who finished third in the majors with 16 pinch hits in 2010, started games in right field, third base and second base for Pittsburgh. For his major league career, Young is a career .258/.317/.393 hitter with 17 home runs and 81 RBIs over five seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-08) and Pirates (2009-10).
Robb Quinlan, INF: Quinlan, 33, split last season between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Salt Lake. He appeared in 23 games and made six starts (five at first base, one as designated hitter) for the Angels after making their Opening Day roster. For his major league career, which spans eight seasons (2003-10), all with the Angels, Quinlan has hit .276/.322/.401 with 25 home runs in 458 games, seeing most of his on-field action at first base.
The Phillies have also issued spring invites to veteran right-handed reliever Brian Bass, who singed a minor league deal earlier this winter, organizational catchers Tuffy Gosewisch and Joel Naughton and right-handed relievers Michael Schwimer and Michael Stutes.
Beerleaguer: I'll prove a complete breakdown later today. My initial take is that Young and Quinlan offer quality depth at a bargain price. For Quinlan, it's a golden opportunity to reinvent himself as a National League pinch hitter. As for Young, he gives the Phillies a much-needed option in case they feel Domonic Brown needs more seasoning. The competition for the final bench spot will be fierce.