On Tuesday the Dodgers announced their list of non-roster invitees to be in big league camp for Spring Training. The list consisted of 9 pitchers, 3 catchers, 7 infielders, and 4 outfielders to make up the 22 man group.
Here’s the full list:
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The list is full of highly touted prospects and recent acquisitions. Even though many of these players may not make it to the Majors this season, it will be exciting to see what they can bring to the table against big league competition in the Spring.
Perhaps the most notable name on the list is Keibert Ruiz, who was recently named the third best catching prospect in baseball. Ruiz has never played above high-A ball, but being invited to big league camp will give him an opportunity to learn from the best. Some other notable prospects included are D.J. Peters, Yusniel Diaz, Will Smith, Edwin Rios, and Yaisel Sierra. Others like Matt Beaty may have flown under the radar, but have a lot to offer.
Pat Venditte is also sure to catch attention, as he’s Major League Baseball’s only ambidextrous pitcher. Venditte chooses before each at-bat which arm to throw with to best neutralize the hitter. Venditte is unlikely to make the club, but wherever he goes intrigue follows. Expect 2018 Spring Training to be more of the same.
Outside of Venditte, their are a handful of other recent acquisitions on the list. Former top prospect for the Yankees, Manny Banuelos will come into Spring with a lot to prove. Infielders Jake Peter, Donovan Solano, and Drew Jackson will all be competing for a utility role after the departure of Charlie Culberson.
While some will be competing for big league jobs with the Dodgers, others will simply be trying to show their value. Whether it be for the Dodgers or another team, many of these players will look to prove they’re ready for the big stage. They need to prove that they can repeat their minor league success against big league competition.
There are also guys like Mark Lowe, who debuted back in 2006 trying to show he still has what it takes to be a Major Leaguer. Lowe, Lee, Banuelos, Solano, Corcino, Muncy, Venditte, and Neal have all spent time in the Majors. Now their job is to showcase their skills and prove that they’re ready to get back into the Majors.
We want to wish all 22 invitees the best of luck. We’re excited to see them compete during Spring Training.
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