The Philadelphia Phillies have announced 12 Spring Training invitees, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Two of those players are former Pittsburgh Pirates players Erik Kratz and Brandon Moss. We learned last week that Kratz was added by the Phillies, but this is the first we’ve heard about Moss.
Moss was added by the Pirates in the Jason Bay trade. After a poor season in 2009, he was outrighted off the 40-man roster in Spring Training, prior to the 2010 season. Moss was the MVP of the 2010 Indianapolis Indians, putting up a .266/.330/.470 line with 22 homers in 500 at-bats. That included a .291/.342/.538 line with 11 homers in 199 at-bats after the All-Star break. Moss was added to the 40-man roster as a September call-up, but only received 26 at-bats, with a .154/.185/.192 line. He declared for minor league free agency after being outrighted off of the 40-man roster for the second time in his career last month.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.