Stefan Gartrell didn't get a promotion to Atlanta last season or a spot on the Braves' 40-man roster this winter. But the slugging Gwinnett outfielder does have an invitation to major league spring training after leading the International League in RBIs and finishing second in homers last season.
Gartrell, who turned 28 on Saturday, will try to impress manager Fredi Gonzalez and possibly win a spot with the Braves as a right-handed bat off the bench. It won't be easy, though.
The Braves have six outfielders on the major league roster and non-roster free agent signees Jordan Paraz and Luis Durango are also slated to get a look in camp.
Gartrell was claimed by the Braves on waivers from the Chicago White Sox early last season and combined for 26 homers and 93 RBIs with Charlotte and the G-Braves. He also had 32 doubles and batted .260 with 118 strikeouts and 44 walks.
Gartrell, who played in the Venezuelan Winter League, was selected for the International League team in the AAA All-Star Game and won the home run derby at Salt Lake City.
Moylan signed to minor-league deal
The Braves retained reliever Peter Moylan, signing the side-arm right-hander from Australia to a minor league deal as he tries to come back from shoulder surgery.
Moylan had to undergo back surgery last season and, after a rehab stint in Gwinnett, injured his shoulder in September with Atlanta.
Moylan hopes to be pitching by the first half of the season after having his labrum and rotator cuff repaired.
The 33-year-old set a Braves record with 87 appearances in 2009 and pitched in 85 games the following season. He was limited to 13 appearances and 8 innings in 2011, going 2-1 with 3.24 ERA.
Pastornicky given job to lose
Tyler Pastornicky will go to spring training as Atlanta's regular shortstop despite having played just 27 games above Class AA.
Pastornicky, 22, hit .365 for the G-Braves last season after being promoted from Mississippi, but missed the rest of the season after spraining an ankle against Pawtucket on Aug. 14. He had 27 total stolen bases and hit a combined .314.
The Braves didn't try to re-sign free agent Alex Gonzalez. Jack Wilson was brought back as a mentor for Pastornicky.
Brandon Hicks will likely start this season as the Gwinnett shortstop, with highly regarded prospect Andrelton Simmons in the wings at Mississippi.
Nelson re-signed for infield depth
Dan Nelson, who split last season between Gwinnett and Mississippi, was re-signed by the Braves as a free agent. The infielder hit .314 in 61 Class AA games and .231 in 40 Class AAA games with Gwinnett.
The signing of Nelson, 27, leaves five players who were with Gwinnett at least part of last season as minor league free agents. They are first baseman Mauro Gomez, outfielder Chris Carter, infielders Ruben Gotay and Ed Lucas, and pitcher Steven Shell.
Gomez, 27, remains without a team despite hitting .304 with 34 doubles, 24 homers and 90 RBIs for the G-Braves in 2011 and making the International League all-star team.