BOSTON – (Staff report from official team news release) – The Boston Red Sox have added nine non-roster invitees to the team’s 2017 Spring Training roster: outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd, and Ben Taylor.
President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski made the announcement.
The Red Sox have now invited a total of 15 players to Major League Spring Training camp as non-roster invitees.
Brian Bogusevic, OF – Bogusevic (boh-guh-SEH-vick), 32, spent the 2016 season playing for the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. In his most recent major league stint, the left-handed hitter played 22 games with the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies, going 15-for-58 (.259) with nine runs scored, three doubles, two home runs, and five RBI. He has appeared in 321 major league games with the Houston Astros (2010-12), Chicago Cubs (2013), and Phillies (2015), batting .238 (178-for-748) with 93 runs scored, 36 doubles, four triples, 19 home runs, 67 RBI, and 24 stolen bases. In 240 games in the outfield, Bogusevic has recorded 19 assists and eight double plays, having made 118 starts in right field, 35 in left field, and 22 in center field. In 2011 he led all National League right fielders with four double plays in only 87 games.
Rusney Castillo, OF – Castillo, 29, spent the majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, leading the PawSox with five triples alongside a .263 batting average (104-for-395), 55 runs scored, 20 doubles, two home runs, 34 RBI, and nine steals in 103 games. In his final 35 games with Pawtucket, the Cuban native posted a .328/.369/.445 batting line with six doubles and five triples. The right-handed hitter began the 2016 campaign with the major league club, appearing in nine games over three stints with Boston. Following the season, he batted .392 (20-for-51) in 14 regular season games with Caguas of the Puerto Rican League. Originally signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent on August 23, 2014, Castillo has played 99 major league games over parts of three seasons, batting .262 (83-for-317) with 45 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 35 RBI, and seven stolen bases.
Allen Craig, OF/INF – Craig, 32, was limited to 29 minor league games in 2016 as a result of two stints on the disabled list, from April 14-May 16 and from May 21-August 13. In 22 contests with Triple-A Pawtucket and seven rehab games with Short-A Lowell, he went 18-for-95 (.189) with seven runs, four doubles, one triple, one home run, and nine RBI. A 2013 National League All-Star, Craig has hit .276 (506-for-1,831) with 59 home runs and 296 RBI in 534 career major league games between the Cardinals (2010-14) and Red Sox (2014-15). Acquired by Boston from St. Louis at the 2014 non-waiver trade deadline, the 2011 World Series champion has recorded a 1.000 fielding percentage in 261 career games in the outfield (397 total chances) and a .998 mark (5 E/2,052 TC) in 240 games at first base. In 34 career postseason games, Craig has hit .260 (26-for-100) with five home runs and an .839 OPS.
Rafael Devers, 3B – Devers, 20, was named Red Sox 2016 Minor League Defensive Player of the Year after committing only 15 errors over 117 games (116 starts) at third base with High-A Salem, leading Carolina Leaguers in fielding percentage (.960), total chances (377), putouts (104), and assists (258) at the position. Also tabbed a 2016 High Class A All-Star by Baseball America, the left-handed batter hit .282 (142-for-503) with 64 runs scored, 32 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs, 71 RBI, and 18 stolen bases last season. Devers also played in 25 games for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League, batting .243 (18-for-74) with four doubles. Having played no defensive position other than third base since signing with the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2013, the Dominican native has batted .293 (361-for-1,233) with an .805 OPS, 87 doubles, 14 triples, and 29 home runs in 313 minor league games.
Kyle Kendrick, RHP – Kendrick, 32, has made 212 starts and 41 relief appearances at the major league level, going 81-81 with a 4.63 ERA (659 ER/1,281.0 IP) between the Philadelphia Phillies (2007-14) and Colorado Rockies (2015). He pitched in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization in 2016, making four rehab starts with the Rookie-level Arizona League club but spending most of his season with Triple-A Salt Lake, where he was 6-5 with a 4.73 ERA (49 ER/93.1 IP) in 16 appearances (15 starts). In three Triple-A starts after returning from the disabled list on August 25, the right-hander posted a 1.88 ERA (3 ER/14.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts and zero home runs allowed. Kendrick has appeared in 141 minor league games (134 starts) since being selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round of the 2003 June Draft, going 42-57 with a 4.14 ERA (364 ER/792.0 IP) between the Phillies (2003-14), Rockies (2015), and Angels (2016) organizations.
Jordan Procyshen, C – Procyshen (pro-SESH-ehn), 23, has appeared in 178 minor league games since being selected by the Red Sox in the 14th round of the 2014 June Draft. The left-handed hitter spent the entire 2016 season with High-A Salem, batting .249 (55-for-221) with 16 doubles and four home runs. In 56 starts at catcher last season, he threw out 23 of 53 (43.4%) attempted base stealers. Procyshen started the 2015 South Atlantic League All-Star Game and was tabbed by Baseball America as the league’s best defensive catcher that season, when he threw out 40 of 122 (32.8%) attempted base stealers between Single-A Greenville and Salem. In his minor league career, Procyshen has batted .254 (156-for-613) with 33 doubles and seven home runs.
Chandler Shepherd, RHP – Shepherd, 24, went 2-3 with seven saves, a 2.81 ERA (20 ER/64.0 IP), and a .189 opponent batting average in 40 appearances (one start) between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2016. The Kentucky native did not allow a hit over 7.1 innings in his final eight outings with the Sea Dogs before being transferred to the PawSox on June 20. At the Triple-A level last season, Shepherd held left-handed hitters to a .200 batting average (9-for-45) and zero extra-base hits. Following the season, he posted a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP) and held opponents to a .160 batting average in six appearances with Escogido of the Dominican Winter League, striking out six and walking none. The right-hander has appeared in 91 games (two starts) since being selected by the Red Sox in the 13th round of the 2014 June Draft, going 9-8 with 14 saves and a 3.18 ERA (58 ER/164.1 IP). He has recorded 159 strikeouts against only 36 walks, posting a 1.06 WHIP and a 4.42 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Ben Taylor, RHP – Taylor, 24, was selected by the Red Sox in the seventh round of the 2015 June Draft. He split the 2016 season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, going 1-2 with eight saves, 98 strikeouts, and a 2.96 ERA (26 ER/79.0 IP) in 36 games (three starts) between the two clubs. Taylor averaged 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings and recorded a 1.08 WHIP last season, holding opponents to a .217 batting average. He was named Red Sox Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month for May, when he went 3-for-3 in save opportunities and posted a 0.55 ERA (1 ER/16.1 IP) with 23 strikeouts and only two walks in six outings. The Alabama native has appeared in 50 minor league games (13 starts), going 1-4 with a 3.02 ERA (45 ER/134.0 IP), a 1.14 WHIP, and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
Sam Travis, 1B – Travis, 23, appeared in 47 games for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2016 before suffering a season-ending knee injury on May 29. Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 June Draft, the right-handed batter has hit .303 (283-for-934) with a .364 on-base percentage, 22 home runs, and 25 stolen bases in 245 minor league games. He earned his first invitation to Major League Spring Training camp in 2016, and in 18 Grapefruit League games he led the Red Sox with 13 RBI and batted .469 (15-for-32) with two home runs. In 2015 Travis was tabbed Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year after leading Boston farmhands in batting average (.307), hits (150), RBI (78), total bases (221), and walks (59). Following the 2015 season he was also named to the Arizona Fall League’s Top Prospects Team after pacing the league in hits (32), doubles (10), and runs scored (19).