Camp Roger began yesterday and a few interesting quotes came from both Hudson and Thomson. You can read them here. Just like everybody else, I hope Roger McDowell does a great job but let's not forget that Mazonne is the best in the business.
I thought I would take a moment to look at our non-roster invitees. The non-roster invitees list includes right-handers Kevin Barry, Wes Obermueller, Chad Paronto, Travis Smith and Sean White; lefty Mike Remlinger; catchers Eddie Perez, Steve Pyzik, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Clint Sammons; outfielders Brian Jordan, David Kelton and Michael Ryan, and infielders Cesar Crespo and Jonathan Schuerholz.
Barry, Jordan, Remlinger, and Kelton are really the only players who have much of a chance to make the 25 man roster out of spring. Kevin Barry has toiled in the minors for years and is 27 now. He has had a lot of success in the minors and I would love to see the Braves give him a shot in the big show.
Brian Jordan will be battling Matt Diaz, James Jurries and David Kelton for the final position player spot. Jordan says he played on one leg last year and that he can contribute more this year. He would provide some leadership but I doubt he could contribute to the team. Diaz does not have much experience at first base but can play there which increases his value. He has dominated AAA for a few years so I think he has the inside track at getting the final spot. Jurries most likely will get another year of seasoning in the minors.
Remlinger is "sleeper" to make the team. Many people wrote him off as too old and ineffective. The Braves hope that the familiar surroundings will allow him to recapture some of his old form which made him an all-star middle reliever for Atlanta. I would compare him to Chris Hammond of a couple of years ago when he made the team out of spring. He was very old but he pitched some very valuable innings for Atlanta that year. I'm not predicting that will happen, but it would be great if it did.