With the arrival of spring camp just a mere two weeks away, the Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon announced the list of 22 players who will be non-roster invites.
For those of you not familiar with the process, all players who are on the club’s 40-man roster get an automatic invite to the big league side of spring training. The NRIs are a tool to give other rising fringe players an opportunity to participate in the major league camp without them needing to be on the 40-man roster.
The list of pitchers includes six right-handers, two lefties, and the ambidextrous Pat Venditte. The right-handers are Joe Broussard, Daniel Corcino, C.C. Lee, Mark Lowe, Zach Neal and Yaisel Sierra. The two left-handed pitchers are Manny Banuelos and Brian Moran.
The three catchers who will be joining Austin Barnes, Yasmani Grandal and Kyle Farmer in big league camp are Will Smith, Keibert Ruiz and Shawn Zarraga.
The NRI infielding crew will be made up of Matt Beaty, Drew Jackson, Max Muncy, Jake Peter, Edwin Rios, Donovan Solano, while the group of outfielders will consist of Yusniel Diaz, DJ Peters, Henry Ramos and Travis Taijeron.
For the Dodgers, pitchers and catchers are slated to report to Camelback Ranch on February 13, while all other players are scheduled to report on Sunday, February 18. The first full-squad workout is set for February 19.
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3 thoughts on “Dodgers Announce Non-Roster Invitees to 2018 Spring Training”
Part of the fun of ST is seeing some of these guys perform with the big leaguers and being able to say “I knew he’d be good way back when.” Of course, you always forget the guys you identified as future Hall of Famers who never wound up playing a day in the majors. And then there are the guys who haven’t been around long enough yet to need to be on the 40-man but who might get into a few spring games. I remember seeing Mitchell White pitch last spring and was really impressed.
Henry Ramos was tearing the hide of the ball before he injured his groin last spring—curious to see how he fares. Shea Spitzbarth opened a lot of eyes during the few opportunities he had on the big league fields, too. That’s what I like about Friedman and his group—they’re not afraid of giving youngsters an opportunity. Colletti seemed to be the opposite, especially when Torre was around.
Old school vs the new breed