Handful of non-roster players making presence known

Handful of non-roster players making presence known

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Four non-roster players in Major League camp continue to impress manager Bud Black and could, ultimately, make things interesting for the team when it comes to making final decisions on the roster later this month.

"They're guys coming to a new organization, trying to make a team," Black said. "And they have done well."

Pitchers Blaine Boyer, Tony Sipp, Anthony Carter and infielder/outfielder Xavier Nady have generally fared well early in Cactus League play.

Sipp, trying to make the team as a left-handed specialist, has allowed one unearned run over his five innings. Boyer has allowed two hits in five scoreless innings. Carter, the only one of the four who has not played in the Major Leagues, has allowed one earned run in 4 1/3 innings.

"All three of them have pitched well," Black said. "And with Sipp and Boyer ... they have pitched well in the Majors before. They're going to continue to get opportunities to pitch. And I hope they continue to pitch well, because that will make it tough at the end to make decisions on the pitching staff."

Nady is trying to win a job as a reserve infielder and outfielder. He's hitting .353 with six hits in his first 17 at-bats with two RBIs.

"With X, he knows what's in front of him as far as trying to win a job on the team," Black said. "He brings something we're looking for; the right-handed bat off the bench with experience, the ability to play first and the outfield."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.