Braves re-sign Boscan, Ramirez

Atlanta re-signed catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Wilkin Ramirez as free agents and they are among eight minor leaguers to receive invitations to major league spring training with the Braves. Both played with Gwinnett last season.

Boscan, 30, made his major league debut in September after 14 years in the minors, getting into one game with the Braves after batting .250 and throwing out 39 percent of would-be base stealers with the G-Braves in 2010.

Ramirez, 25, was acquired by the Braves from Detroit at the end of July and came over from Toledo to finish the year with the G-Braves. He hit .234 with 23 homers and 70 RBIs combined.

Other minor leaguers signed as free agents who will go to major league spring training with Atlanta are outfielder Brent Clevlen, catcher Wilkin Castillo, relief pitcher Jay Sborz, outfielder Jose Contanza, and infielders Ed Lucas and Shawn Bowman.

Clevlen, 27, was the only one of those six to play for Gwinnett last season, hitting .267. Contanza, 27, made the International League all-star team after batting .319 and stealing 34 bases for Columbus in the Cleveland organization.

Castillo, 26, is expected to share catching duties with Boscan for the G-Braves next season after batting .256 with nine homers for Louisville in the Cincinnati organization in 2010. Former Parkview and Georgia standout Clint Sammons became a free agent after batting just .162 last season.