Yanks invite five more players to camp

Yanks invite five more players to camp

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees extended five additional invitations to Major League Spring Training on Tuesday, bringing the total number of players scheduled to be in camp to 65.

New York invited infielders Brandon Laird and Jorge Vazquez, plus right-handers D.J. Mitchell, Dustin Moseley and Ryan Pope. The Yankees will now have 25 non-roster players in their 2010 camp.

Laird, 22, hit .266 with 13 home runs and 75 RBIs in 124 games with Class A Tampa in 2009, tying for third among all Yankees Minor Leaguers and leading the Florida State League in RBIs. The younger brother of Tigers catcher Gerald Laird, he was named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team after playing with the Surprise Rafters.

Mitchell, 22, made his professional debut in 2009, combining to go 12-7 with a 2.63 ERA in 25 appearances (24 starts) with Class A Charleston and Class A Tampa.  Among all Yankees Minor Leaguers, he ranked second in strikeouts (125), tied for second in wins and ranked fourth in ERA. 

Moseley, 28, made three starts with the Angels in 2009, going 1-0 with a 4.30 ERA, before being placed on the disabled list in April with right forearm tightness.  He also underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in August.  In 64 career appearances (23 starts) -- all with the Angels -- Moseley has gone 8-7 with a 5.41 ERA. 

Pope, 23, spent the 2009 season with Double-A Trenton, going 5-12 with a 4.78 ERA in 26 appearances (25 starts) and striking out 106 batters with 34 walks.  Pope was selected by the Yankees in the third round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, becoming the first player ever drafted out of Savannah College of Art and Design.

Vazquez, 27, was a 10-year veteran of the Mexican League prior to signing with the Yankees in December 2008.  He made his Double-A debut in '09, batting .329 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs in 57 games for Trenton before missing the final two months of the season on the disabled list with a left wrist sprain. He played for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic before the season, batting .294 (5-for-17) with one home run and five RBIs in five games.

Of the 25 non-roster invitees in Yankees camp, there are 13 pitchers, five catchers, two infielders and five outfielders.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.