2003 5th-round pick LHP Jon Barratt was re-instated from the inactive list this week, as per BaseballAmerica.
Barratt pitched only 3.2 rough innings(8 earned runs allowed) with Montgomery in 2008, and shortly after he went on the voluntarily retired list, with manager Billy Gardner reporting that Barratt "said he just didn't have the passion anymore." Barratt struggled in his first taste of AA ball in 2007, posting a 5.46 ERA and an ugly 59-48 BB:SO rate, plus a shoulder injury to boot. Still, he's only two years removed from an excellent season in the hitter-friendly Cal League with Visalia in 2006: 2.93 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 37 walks in 111 innings as a 21-year old repeating the league.
At just 5'9"(or 5'10" depending on who you believe), Barratt was probably going to be limited to the bullpen as he advanced in the system, performance notwithstanding. The scouting report on him is that he has a really quick arm and can(or at least, could) run it up to 93-94. At this point, he's not really any sort of viable prospect, but it's nice to see him return to the game. He'll presumably be in Montgomery's bullpen to open the year.