12 Feb

boys of spring

Drumroll, please. Without further ado, here is The List of players with Mississippi ties who’ll be in major league camps this spring. This includes non-roster invitees as well as 40-man roster members. Others may appear in big league spring games from time to time but technically aren’t “in” the major league camp.

Position players
Julio Borbon (Starkville), Texas; Chris Coghlan (Ole Miss), Florida; David Dellucci (Ole Miss), Cleveland; Joey Gathright (Hattiesburg), Chicago Cubs; Bill Hall (Nettleton), Milwaukee; Jarrett Hoffpauir (Southern Miss), St. Louis; Bobby Kielty (Ole Miss), New York Mets; Fred Lewis (Gulf Coast CC), San Francisco; John Lindsey (Hattiesburg), Florida; Edwin Maysonet (Delta State), Houston; Paul Phillips (Meridian CC), Colorado; Jason Smith (Meridian CC), Houston; Seth Smith (Ole Miss), Colorado; Craig Tatum (Mississippi State), Cincinnati; Marcus Thames (East Central CC), Detroit; Matt Tolbert (Ole Miss), Minnesota; Jonathan Van Every (Itawamba CC), Boston; Corey Wimberly (Alcorn State), Oakland; Dmitri Young (Vicksburg), Washington.
Pitchers
John Bale (USM), Kansas City; T.J. Beam (Ole Miss), Toronto; Chad Bradford (USM), Tampa Bay (on disabled list); Roy Corcoran, (Gulf Coast CC), Seattle; Dewon Day (Jackson State), Tampa Bay; Tim Dillard (Itawamba CC), Milwaukee; Brent Leach (Delta State), Los Angeles Dodgers; Cliff Lee (Meridian CC), Cleveland; Paul Maholm (MSU), Pittsburgh; Matt Maloney (Ole Miss), Cincinnati; Bob McCrory (USM), Baltimore; Roy Oswalt (Holmes CC), Houston; Jonathan Papelbon (MSU), Boston; Tony Sipp (Gulf Coast CC), Cleveland; Taylor Tankersley (Vicksburg), Florida; Donald Veal (Jackson), Pittsburgh; Terrell Young (Grenada), Washington.

Pitchers and catchers report — officially — on Saturday, though many are already in camp, as are some of the other position players, who aren’t required to report until next week.
A note on Julio Borbon: He played at Tennessee but was indeed born in Starkville, when his father was in school at Mississippi State.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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