Pedro Alvarez, a former Pirates third baseman who has twice hit 30 home runs in a big-league season, headlines the list of 14 players who signed minor-league contracts and will attend Marlins spring training as non-roster invitees.
Alvarez, the second overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, hit 30 home runs in 2012 and 36 in 2013, both for Pittsburgh. He hit 27 home runs for the Pirates in 2015, 22 for Baltimore in 2016 and 26 at Triple A Norfolk in 2017, where he played much of the past three seasons.
He hit .180 with eight homers, 18 RBI in 127 plate appearances for Baltimore last season, while also hitting .285 with eight homers in 43 games at Triple A Norfolk.
Overall, he has hit .236 with 162 home runs in parts of nine major-league seasons. At 31, the Marlins will give him a chance to a earn a job. Besides third base, he can also play first base and the corner outfield positions.
The other non-roster invitees announced by the Marlins on Monday:
▪ Infielders: Beyond Alvarez, Miami invited infielder Jon Berti, who hit .296 with 46 RBI in the minors in Toronto’s system last season and 4 for 15 in four big-league games, all with the Blue Jays last season.
The Marlins also added second baseman/shortstop Dixon Machado, who has hit .227 with 37 RBI in 172 big-league games, all with Detroit. And they signed Deven Marrero, a former Plantation American Heritage infielder who has hit .197 in 158 big-league games for Boston and last season, in Arizona.
▪ Outfielders: Victor Victor Mesa, the prized Cuban outfielder and the No. 1 international prospect of this offseason who was signed by the Marlins earlier this winter, will receive a big-league spring training camp invitation as part of his contract but likely will begin the season in the minors.
Also invited to Marlins spring training: outfielder Harold Ramirez, who won the Eastern League batting title by hitting .320 for New Hampshire last year, with 11 homers and 70 RBI in 120 games; and Gabriel Guerrero, the nephew of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerreo. He hit .293 with 81 RBI in two levels in the Reds’ system last year, then was 3 for 18 with a home run in a 14-game stint with the Reds.
▪ Catchers: The Marlins retained Bryan Holaday, who led National League catchers by throwing out 44.7 percent of basestealers last season (15 of 36) while hitting .205 for Miami.
The Marlins also added catchers BJ Lopez (threw out 46.5 percent of baserunners in two levels of Class A for the Marlins last year), Rodrigo Vigil (hit .245 at Double A last season, his ninth in the Marlins system) and Sharif Othman (.190 in the Marlins system last year).
▪ Pitchers: Miami added former FAU right-hander R.J. Alvarez (24 for 30 in saves, 3.68 ERA in Triple A in Houston’s system last year), lefty Mike Kickham (1-1, 3.64 ERA in Marlins system last year), lefty Brian Moran (2-3, 3.71 in the Rockies’ and Dodgers’ minor league system last year).