Rays give spring camp invites to Minors trio

January 19th, 2016
Adam Wilk has made nine Major League appearances; he has compiled six seasons in the Minor Leagues. (MiLB.com)

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have signed left-handers Justin Marks and Adam Wilk to Minor League contracts with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Rays Minor League right-hander Kyle McPherson was also invited to Major League Spring Training.

Marks, 28, spent the 2015 season with Triple-A Reno (D-backs), going 5-9 with a 5.63 ERA in 28 games (19 starts). He has spent parts of seven Minor League seasons with the Oakland, Kansas City, Texas and Arizona organizations, going 33-53 with a 4.73 ERA.

Marks made his Major League debut in relief on April 20, 2014, going two innings for the Royals in a loss to the Twins. It remains the only Major League game in which he has pitched. Marks was once traded from the A's to the Royals in a deal involving former Rays outfielder David DeJesus.

Wilk, 28, is 0-3 with a 6.49 ERA in nine career Major League appearances (three starts) with the Tigers and Angels. Following four years in the Tigers' Minor League system, he pitched one season for the NC Dinos in Korea before returning stateside to pitch for the Pirates' organization in 2014 and the Angels' organization in '15.

Over six Minor League seasons, Wilk is 44-48 with a 3.59 ERA.

McPherson, 28, spent the majority of the 2015 season with Double-A Montgomery, going 0-2 with a 7.48 ERA in 17 relief appearances. After signing with the Rays as a Minor League free agent on May 8, 2015, he made two appearances for the Rookie-level GCL Rays and two appearances for Class A Advanced Charlotte before joining Montgomery for the remainder of the season.

The Pirates selected McPherson in the 2007 Draft, and he spent seven years in the organization, including going 0-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 10 appearances (three starts) in the Major Leagues in 2012.

Over parts of eight Minor League seasons, McPherson is 39-36 with a 3.75 ERA.