Jhonatan Solano, brother of Donovan, among Marlins' non-roster invitees
The Marlins announced eight non-roster invitees, including catcher Jhonatan Solano, the older brother of Miami infielder Donovan Solano, on Tuesday afternoon.
Left-handers Chris Narveson and Pat Urckfitz, right-handers Ryan Reid and Ryan Chaffee, shortstop Reid Brignac as well as outfielders Cole Gillespie and Kenny Wilson also signed minor-league deals with the organization.
In parts of two seasons with the Washington Nationals, Solano hit .217 with five doubles, two homers and eight RBI in 36 games as a backup. The 29-year-old will take over Triple-A New Orleans catching duties for Rob Brantly, whom the Chicago White Sox claimed this week.
Narveson didn't pitch in the majors in 2014. Prior to that absence, the southpaw spent five seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2009-13. Narveson, who turns 33 this month, is 26-18 with a 4.65 ERA in 97 games (63 starts) over six seasons. After pitching in five games in 2006 with the St. Louis Cardinals, he remained in the minors from 2007-08.
Urckfitz has yet to make his big-league debut. The 26-year-old pitched in Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City of the Houston Astros organization in 2014, where he went 1-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 47 relief appearances.
Reid pitched all seven of his big-league outings with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013, going 0-0 with a 1.64 ERA. The 29-year-old went 5-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 48 appearances in Triple-A Las Vegas for the New York Mets organization in 2014.
Chaffee, who has not made his major-league debut, combined to go 4-2 with a 4.62 ERA between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake of the Los Angeles Angels' organization in 2014. The 26-year-old is from Marianna, Florida, the same hometown as Marlins backup catcher Jeff Mathis.
Brignac, who turns 29 in January, played 37 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014. Over seven big-league seasons, he has 34 doubles, four triples, 12 homers and 83 RBI in 905 plate appearances. Brignac has seen action at each infield position except first base and both corner outfield spots.
Gillespie began 2014 with the Seattle Mariners, appearing in 34 games, before making one start with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 30-year-old is a .230 hitter with 12 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI in 113 big-league contests over four seasons.
Wilson, a former second-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2008, has yet to make his major-league debut. Between five Double-A and Triple-A teams from three organizations in 2014, he hit .246 with 18 doubles, seven triples, two homers and 35 RBI in 117 games. Wilson turns 25 next month.