(MILWAUKEE) - A pair of former Huntsville Stars are looking forward to wearing new major league uniforms next year, with spring training invitations from their new teams.
Chris Barnwell, who played on the left side of the infield for the Stars from 2003-05, signed a minor league free-agent contract with the Florida Marlins. He will get a spring training look from them in March. For Barnwell, it's like home. He's from Jacksonville and graduated from Flagler College.
Barnwell hit .246 in full seasons in 2003 and 2004, leading Huntsville, with Tony Gwynn, Jr., in games played (138) in '04. He was promoted to Nashville after playing 15 games for the Stars the following season.
Like Barnwell, pitcher Adam Pettyjohn also will get a spring training invitation from his new club, the Cincinnati Reds. Pettyjohn was the winningest pitcher in the Brewers' organization last year, winning 16 games, 4 with Huntsville where he started the 2007 season, and 12 with Triple A-Nashville (PCL).
Pettyjohn has previous major league experience with the Detroit Tigers, going 1-6 with a 5.82 ERA in 2001.
Barnwell got a look from the Brewers in 2006, appearing in 13 games.